Jeremy Stephens calls for Conor McGregor next in the UFC octagon- nearly five years after their famous “who the f**** is that guy?” interaction.
The year is 2016, Conor McGregor is towards the tail end of his meteoric rise. It’s hard to go anywhere without hearing the Irishman’s name and even harder to deny his achievements up to this point. After just three years fighting for the UFC, McGregor holds the company’s PPV record and their prestigious featherweight title. But McGregor isn’t willing to stop there, his hunger far exceeds that of an ordinary champion. Now, he shifts his attention towards the UFC Lightweight title, a belt held by American mixed martial arts veteran Eddie Alvarez.
As is the case with any big fight, a press conference is called. An opportunity for McGregor to talk up the fight and get into his opponents head, however, despite an array of colorful back and forth between McGregor and Alvarez, it’s an altercation with Jeremy Stephens that truly steals the show.
During an open mic media segment, one journalist asked McGregor ‘who he thought would give him the hardest fight out of anyone on stage’. Just as McGregor was about to speak, Jeremy Stephens cut him off.
“Right here, right here, the hardest hitting 145 pounder, the real hardest hitting 145er, right here. This guy tko’s people, when I knock people out they don’t f****ing move”. To which McGregor swiftly responded with that iconic line “who the f**** is that guy?”. A line that would form countless memes and multiple merchandising runs.
Now, Stephens wants his revenge and is calling for a grudge match with McGregor.
The Jeremy Stephens call out
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Stephens wrote the following: “Just thinking… the true fight to make is me and Connor. He broke his ankle, someone dove for my ankle. We both like to fight and keep it standing. Both power both different. Plus I like to calve kick and have wide range of KO’s”
Just thinking… the true fight to make is me and Connor. He broke his ankle, someone dove for my ankle. We both like to fight and keep it standing. Both power both different. Plus I like to calve kick and have wide range of KO’s
— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) July 20, 2021
Stephens is of course referring to both men’s previous performances, with back to back defeats in the last two weeks. At UFC 264 McGregor was beaten by Dustin Poirier after he was deemed unable to continue due to an ankle injury. One week later, at UFC on ESPN 26, Stephens lost via first round submission to Mateusz Gamrot on his return to lightweight.
Although this fight presents a fun fan friendly storyline, it’s unlikely Dana White will look to make it happen. Regardless, we here at MyMMAnews.com love the optimism from ‘Lil Heathen’. What a guy!
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