Article

Franca Out, Stephens Steps in to Face Lauzon on Feb.7

Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - After a knee injury forced Hermes Franca to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night main event against Joe Lauzon on February 7th in Tampa, Iowa’s hard-hitting Jeremy ‘Lil’ Heathen’ Stephens has stepped in to take on the pride of Bridgewater, Massachusetts in what promises to be an explosive lightweight matchup.
By Thomas Gerbasi

After a knee injury forced Hermes Franca to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night main event against Joe Lauzon on February 7th in Tampa, Iowa’s hard-hitting Jeremy ‘Lil’ Heathen’ Stephens has stepped in to take on the pride of Bridgewater, Massachusetts in what promises to be an explosive lightweight matchup.

Des Moines’ Stephens (16-3) is making his first start since his UFC 91 victory over Rafael dos Anjos, a bout that saw the 22-year old score one of the most spectacular knockouts of 2008 courtesy of a third round uppercut. The hard-charging 24-year-old Lauzon is fresh from an impressive stoppage of his own, as he halted Kyle Bradley in the second round last September in Nebraska.

UFC Fight Night airs live on Spike TV from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida at 9pm ET.
Saturday, April 4
1PM/10AM
ETPT
Fairfax, VA

Media

Recent
UFC 189 World Championship Tour makes its final stop in Dublin. With the strong Irish presence, top featherweight contender Conor McGregor dares to take the belt from reigning champ Jose Aldo -- at least momentarily -- at a raucous press conference.
1-Apr-2015
UFC featherweight contender Chad "Money" Mendes explains why he became a fighter after college, how he has gained another family, and what knowledge he hopes to pass on to younger athletes at Team Alpha Male.
1-Apr-2015
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles runs down the final day of the UFC 189 World Championship Tour that went down in Dublin, Ireland.
1-Apr-2015
When Ricardo Lamas gets on his bike, he just goes where the road takes him. Check out this edition of Gym Escape to find out why Lamas feels stress free when he gets away from training and hops on his Harley.
1-Apr-2015