UFC officials announced the match-up on Wednesday.
Stephens (20-9) will be making his featherweight debut. He’s dropped his last three fights as a lightweight and will likely be fighting for his job against Payan.
Payan (14-3) is riding a seven-fight win streak and will make his UFC debut against Stephens. Payan is a Rage in the Cage veteran. He’s fought under the Bellator MMA banner, and most recently competed in Strikeforce.
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UFC 160 Fight Card:
-Cain Velasquez (11-1; #1 Heavyweight) vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-4; #9 Heavyweight)
-Alistair Overeem (36-12) vs. Junior dos Santos (15-2; #2 Heavyweight)
-Glover Teixeira (20-2; #7 Light Heavyweight) vs. Ryan Bader (15-3;#8 Light Heavyweight)
-Gray Maynard (11-1-1; #4 Lightweight) vs. T.J. Grant (20-5; #10 Lightweight)
-Abel Trujillo (10-4) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (19-0; #9 Lightweight)
-Donald Cerrone (19-5) vs. K.J. Noons (11-6)
-Stephen Thompson (6-1) vs. Amir Sadollah (6-4)
-Jeremy Stephens (20-9) vs. Estevan Payan (14-3)