With less than six weeks to go until UFC Fight Night in Goiania, Brazil, the card is
finally nearing completion with the addition of three bouts made in
The biggest of the trio is a featherweight matchup between
octagon veteran Jeremy Stephens and TUF Brazil winner Rony Jason.
Jason (13-3) comes in with an eight-fight win streak, as
well as a perfect three-fight run in the UFC, having earned
victories over Godofredo Pepey, Sam Sicilia, and most recently,
Stephens (21-9) recently made a successful featherweight debut
with a decision victory over Estevan Payan. That victory snapped a
three-fight losing streak at 155 pounds.
Also added is a lightweight match between Thiago Tavares and
Justin Salas, as well as a bantamweight bout matching Lucas Martins
against Johnny Eduardo.
Tavares (17-5-1) will be competing for the first time since a
knockout loss at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov, while Salas
(11-4) hopes to ride the momentum of a victory over Aaron
Meanwhile, Eduardo is attempting to bounce back from a shoulder
injury that has kept him out of action since May 2012. His last
fight marked his first UFC victory, improving his record to 26-9,
but he’ll have to shake off the rust to top the surging
Martins, who has two straight finish victories and has stopped
opponents in 13 of his 14 career wins.
The event takes place at the Goiania Arena, with Vitor Belfort
vs. Dan Henderson as the headliner.