Jeremy Stephens is out of UFC’s Nov. 7 event.
First reported by MMA Junkie, Stephens is forced to withdraw from his featherweight bout with Arnold Allen due to an injury. It is the first time Stephens pulled out of a bout since October 2012.
It is much different circumstances this time around since his 2012 exit stemmed from an arrest.
It is unknown whether the UFC is finding a replacement to fight Allen inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stephens is in the midst of a tough stretch in his career, suffering four losses and a no contest in his last five octagon appearances. In his last outing, Stephens suffered a second-round TKO loss to Calvin Kattar at UFC 249 back in May.
His last victory is a second-round TKO against Josh Emmett at UFC on FOX 28 in February 2018.
Allen is unbeaten in seven UFC bouts, a part of a nine-fight win streak. He appeared earlier this year, defeating Nik Lentz via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+ 24 this past January. His other octagon victories include wins against Gilbert Melendez, Makwan Amirkhani, Jordan Rinaldi, among others.