In four UFC appearances, Magomedsharipov moved 4-0 to extend his win streak to 12. Three of the UFC wins have come by means of submission, including an uncommon Suloev Stretch kneebar submission of Brandon Davis within his final trip at UFC 228 in September.
Stephens is coming off of a crowded 2018 by which he listed backtoback knockout wins Doo Ho Choi and Josh Emmett before losing via first-round TKO to former featherweight champion Jose Aldo in July. He is 15-14 in the Octagon and has won three of his last 4 fights. If he makes his next walk into the cage, Stephens will combine Jim Miller as one of only two fighters with at least 30 UFC appearances.
“Lil Heathen” took on Monday to Insta-gram to express his own excitement for its matchup.