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Dan DownesDan Downes will finally get his shot in the Octagon. TUF winner Jonathan Brookins has had to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Jeremy Stephens at the TUF 13 finale, and Downes has stepped up to take the fight.

Stephens is 6-5 in the UFC and is has massive experience for being just 24 years old. This is a tremendous challenge for Downes, who has been making all kinds of news lately.

His fight outside of the UFC was national news, and then his pre and post-fight tweets and response to Tory Bogguess generated some buzz too. Now, Downes will get his first shot in the UFC and it’s similar to his baptism-by-fire with the WEC, when he took the Chris Horodecki fight on short notice.

Stephens has fought a lot of the tougher guys in the lightweight division. His UFC victories include: Marcus Davis, Sam Stout, Justin Buchholz, Rafael dos Anjos, Cole Miller and Diego Saraiva.

So it’s another huge risk for Downes, but that’s what the fight game is all about. It’s not as if there any easy fights in the UFC anyway. Come June 4th, Downes might not have to prove whether or not he belongs in the UFC, but he might have to prove if he should stay there.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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