Jeremy Stephens will attempt to earn his first win in years when matched against Drakkar Klose at UFC’s April 17th event. Nolan King of MMA Junkie reported the matchup first.
The fight joins a lineup that does not have a confirmed location at the moment.
Stephens, a UFC veteran of over 10 years, is currently looking to break the longest losing streak of his entire career. With losses to Jose Aldo, Zabit Magomedsharipov, Yair Rodriguez and, most recently, a loss to Calvin Kattar, Stephens has not been in the win column since early 2018.
The 34-year-old was meant to compete on a UFC card in November against Arnold Allen, although plans changed after he suffered an injury.
After over a year out of the cage, Klose plans to bounce back from a loss. His last fight was at UFC 248 in 2020, where Beneil Dariush stopped him with strikes during a hectic back-and-forth second round. Klose had three consecutive UFC wins on his record prior to the loss.
Klose was scheduled to fight during a card in February, but his fight was cancelled after a cornerman of his tested positive for COVID-19.
UFC’s current plan is to have middleweights Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa compete in the main event of UFC’s April 17th card. Here are the bouts that have been reported for it thus far.
Bout 7: Robert Whittaker (22-5) vs. Paulo Costa (13-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 6: Gerald Meerschaert (31-14) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (15-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 5: Chase Sherman (15-6) vs. Parker Porter (11-6) (Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Tracy Cortez (8-1) vs. Justine Kish (7-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Natan Levy (6-0) vs. Austin Hubbard (12-5) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Tony Gravely (20-6) vs. Nate Maness (13-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Jeremy Stephens (28-18) vs. Drakkar Klose (11-2-1) (Lightweight)