Fightful’s James Lynch first reported that Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series alum Steven Peterson has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC and will debut against an opponent to be named at UFC Fight Night Austin.
The newly signed competitor would confirm the news himself via Instagram:
Who's ready to see The Man Of Steel fight for the UFC?!? All my hard work is starting to pay off!! I just signed a 4 fight contract to fight for The UFC!!! This has been 10 years in the making and I'm excited that the time has finally come! First and foremost I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I want to thank my family for continuously supporting my dreams and goals, my coaches and training partners from past to present, my friends and fans who have supported me from the beginning, and those that have tuned in throughout my journey. I could not have done it without your help! Thank you all. My UFC debut will be February 18th in Austin, who's down to take a road trip to come out and watch me work?? I do not take this lightly, this is my time to shine! I will give it everything I have, and I will make the most out of these opportunitys!! Straight to the top!! Let's do this!!! #RiseOfTheManOfSteel #UFC #OCHO #ManOfSteel #FightFitLifestyle #FightFit #FortisMMA #HutchinsBBQ #LineOneNutrition #KnuckleUpTattoo #Champion #Tattoo #Guyswithtatts #MMA #BeYourownsuperhero #BeYourownboss
Peterson (16-6-0) actually suffered a defeat on DWTNCS Episode 7 to Benito Lopez and that loss came by way of decision. Peterson is a longtime veteran of the Legacy Fighting Championship and Legacy Fighting Alliance, earning notable wins over Matt Hobar, Caio Machado, Ryan Hollis and Dustin Winter. Peterson had challenged for the LFA Bantamweight Title, losing to Bellator MMA fighter Leandro Higo at LFA 1.
UFC Fight Night Austin takes place on Sunday, February 18 from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas with Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.