Everytime we see Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens’ name appear on a UFc fight card, fireworks are expected to fly.
Jeremy Stephens is well-known for his ruthless and aggressive style of fighting. Displaying tremendous heart, overcoming the odds in numerous bouts, Stephens has never failed to entertain. Picking up three Performance of the Night awards in his last four appearances, Stephens has proved he is not to be underestimated.
Rising star Zabit Magomedsharipov becomes “Lil’ Heathen’s” latest test this Saturday at UFC 235.
Zabit is currently riding a four-fight win streak in the UFC and looks to continue his dominance against the ever so durable Stephens. Zabit has finished the majority of his fights but Stephens could be a different story. Stephens will undoubtedly be Zabits toughest test to date.
With the skill set and potential being shown by Zabit, I can’t imagine him being called out by too many fighters.
But when the opportunity was offered to Jeremy Stephens he accepted the offer without hesitation.
In his recent interview with Colin Crandall on the MMA Power Hour show, he referred to other fighters avoiding Zabit. Stephens stated, “Lots of guys are running away from this fight, I walk with these type of challenges.”
He finished by saying, “Just put me in the fight and I’ll handle business.”
When asked to voice his opinion on Zabit , Stephens was very confident that Zabit could not match his power, mental ability and cardio. “He doesn’t have the fight IQ” and “He has never faced someone as vicious as me” were just some of the comments Jeremy made on the show as he feels being the underdog is incorrect.
Stephens would go on to discuss his training in detail highlighting the fact he goes, “above and beyond” enabling him to take his skills to a different level. Stephens is currently training at Alliance MMA under coach Eric Del Fierro.
Stephens described how he likes to surround himself with new up and coming talent. He feels the positive energy and hunger to be successful in the UFC provides him with a different challenge in the gym. “They come at you with a different type of heart and a different type of character when sparring.” Jeremy went on to say, “It helps me get back to how I started and why I started.”
Stephens is arguably one of the youngest UFC veterans at only 32 joining the organization at the age of just 21 years old. Stephens has faced the top opposition in the Division, past and present. Notable wins over Rafael Dos Anjos, Gilbert Melendez and Renan Baroa, Stephens has confirmed he is a top contender and should not be taken lightly.
With a wealth of experience over Zabit, Stephens is confident he possesses all the tools needed to beat the Russian. Weather its on the ground or standing up Stephens is determined to prove he is still a threat to the Division by de-railing the hype train surrounding Zabit.
“Lil’ Heathen” has made it clear Zabit is facing an opponent like none other he has faced in the past. “Take him out to deep water and drown him as the saying goes?” Colin went on to say.
Jeremy Stephens simply replied, “That boy cant swim.”
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