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Multiple sources confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting on Tuesday following an initial report from MMA Junkie.
The fight comes at a pivotal time for Stephens after going 0-4 with one no contest in his past five appearances. After rattling off three straight wins in the division, Stephens suffered back-to-back losses to Jose Aldo and Zabit Magomedsharipov before an eye poke brought an abrupt end to his first fight against Yair Rodriguez.
As for Allen, he’s been trending in the opposite direction with an unblemished resume since joining the UFC roster. The British fighter has gone 7-0 inside the octagon including high profile wins over Makwan Amirkhani, Gilbert Melendez and Nik Lentz.
He’ll now face off with Stephens in a fight that could potentially move him up the featherweight rankings.