Jonathan Brookins hasn’t fought since going three hard rounds against Michael Johnson en route to winning the title of TUF 12 champ this past December. It now appears his follow-up to the performance will also take place at an Ultimate Fighter Finale, as word has surfaced Brookins will face 24-year old striker Jeremy Stephens on June 4 at the live conclusion to the upcoming season headlined by coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos.
News of the likely pairing was first reported by MMAJunkie and has since been confirmed by other outlets.
A Pat Miletich product, Stephens is 19-6 in his career with fourteen TKOs. He has emerged with his hands raised in the Octagon three of the last four times he’s fought with the single blemish being a semi-controversial split decision defeat to Melvin Guillard at UFC 119. In addition to owning a brutal knockout of Marcus Davis at UFC 125 “Lil Heathen” also holds past victories over Justin Bucholz, Sam Stout, and Cole Miller.
The 12-3 Brookins will enter the match-up having won his last four fights including his unanimous outpointing of Johnson. Eight of his overall victories have come by way of submission.
Beyond Brookins attempt at going 2-0 in the UFC and the standard scrap between season finalists The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale is also believed to be featuring a bout between top lightweights Anthony Pettis and Clay Guida as well as recent 145-pound contender Josh Grispi seeking a win against TUF 8 alumnus George Roop.
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