Multiple sources close to the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Thursday after the fight was initially expected to take place at UFC 248 in March. According to sources, timing was the biggest issue with the fight happening in March but now Stephens and Kattar have verbally agreed to meet in April instead. The UFC has not announced the fight and nothing is official until bout agreements are signed.
The fight will serve as an opportunity for Stephens (28-17, 1 NC) to get back on track after going winless in his last four fights. Stephens did engage in a “Fight of the Night” in his most recent outing as he went to war with Yair Rodriguez over three rounds this past October.
Now Stephens will look make his return in April while facing another heavy-handed foe.
Looking to build on his 4-2 record in the UFC, Kattar (20-4) will actually get to fight a little closer to home while training out of Massachusetts. Kattar is coming off a loss in his last fight against Zabit Magomedsharipov, which came after two straight knockout wins over Ricardo Lamas and Chris Fishgold.
Stephens vs. Kattar joins a growing lineup headed to UFC 249 with a final bout order for the event still to be determined.