Jeremy Stephens

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Jeremy Stephens
Born (1986-05-26) May 26, 1986 (age 28)
Des Moines, Iowa
Other names Lil' Heathen
Residence San Diego, California
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Lightweight
Featherweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of San Diego, California
Team Alliance MMA
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu [1]
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 33
Wins 23
By knockout 15
By submission 3
By decision 5
Losses 10
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jeremy Dean Stephens (born May 26, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight division. As of October 6, 2014, he is #11 in official UFC Featherweight rankings.[2]

Background[edit]

Stephens was born in Des Moines, Iowa and came from a broken home. When he was eight years old, Stephens parents divorced and he constantly switched between schools while also living in various apartments, shelters, and even in his mother's car before moving to Norwalk, Iowa with his father, who was granted custody of Stephens when he was in the fifth grade. Growing up, Stephens played baseball, basketball, and also competed in wrestling. Stephens attended Norwalk High School where he was a standout in baseball and wrestling, having returned to wrestling during his senior year. Stephens was introduced to mixed martial arts by his grandfather who had also originally persuaded Stephens to compete in wrestling. While beginning his career in mixed martial arts, Stephens looked up to and later became friends with fellow Des Moines native Josh Neer.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At age 16, Stephens began mixed martial arts as an amateur and began full-time training at the age of 18. Stephens was the UGC and MCC Lightweight Champion.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Stephens was defeated via second round armbar submission in his UFC debut against veteran Din Thomas at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007.

His first win in the UFC was against Diego Saraiva at UFC 76 via unanimous decision.

Jeremy then scored his second win inside the Octagon after beating Cole Miller via second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 12.

At the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 7, Jeremy took on former trainer and friend Spencer Fisher. Stephens lost via unanimous decision.

After the loss he rebounded with an emphatic come from behind knockout victory over BJJ black belt Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 91. He was out-grappled the first two rounds but in the third came out swinging and landed a huge uppercut on dos Anjos that knocked him unconscious.

Stephens next stepped in as a late replacement for Hermes Franca against Joe Lauzon on February 7, 2009 at UFC Fight Night 17. Lauzon defeated Stephens with an armbar late in the second round.

Then on April 1, 2009 at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs Kampmann, Stephens was out-wrestled by Gleison Tibau and lost his second straight fight via unanimous decision.

Stephens was expected to return to the octagon on September 16, 2009 at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard against UFC newcomer Ronnys Torres. However, Torres sustained an injury during training and was replaced by Justin Buchholz. Stephens defeated Buchholz after landing several big strikes and opening up a deep gash on Buchholz's forehead, forcing the doctor to stop the fight midway through the first round.

Stephens was expected to face Nik Lentz on January 11, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 20.[5] However, Stephens suffered a cut and was forced to pull out of the fight.

Stephens defeated Sam Stout via split decision on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113.

Stephens lost to Melvin Guillard on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119[6] via split decision.

Stephens faced Marcus Davis on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125. After likely losing the first two rounds, Stephens then came out more aggressive in the third round and caught Davis with a counter punch resulting in a KO win.

Stephens was expected to face Jonathan Brookins on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.[7] However, Brookins was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Danny Downes.[8] Stephens defeated Downes via unanimous decision after dominating all three rounds.

Stephens faced Anthony Pettis on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136.[9] Pettis defeated Stephens via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Stephens replaced an injured Yves Edwards against Donald Cerrone on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier[10] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Stephens was expected to face Yves Edwards on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[11] However, the bout was cancelled due to Stephens being arrested on the day of the event for an assault charge that dates back to 2011.[12] The fight eventually took place on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5. Edwards won by knockout in the first round, being the first fighter to ever stop Stephens via strikes.

Stephens made his featherweight debut against promotional newcomer Estevan Payan on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[13] He won the bloody fight via unanimous decision.

Stephens was expected to face Rony Jason on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29.[14] However, Jason pulled out of the bout citing an injury (lumbar hernia).[15] The bout eventually took place on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[16] Stephens won via knockout early in the first round.[17]

Stephens faced Darren Elkins on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Stephens faced Cub Swanson on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.[19] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Stephens is expected to face Charles Oliveira on December 12, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Ethnically Hispanic and White American,[21] Stephens has two daughters. He is a good friend of former UFC Fighter Anton Kuivanen.[22]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–10 Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 5 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 23–9 Darren Elkins Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 22–9 Rony Jason KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 1 0:40 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 21–9 Estevan Payan Decision (unanimous) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight debut
Loss 20–9 Yves Edwards KO (punches & elbows) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 1 1:55 Seattle, Washington, United States
Loss 20–8 Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 20–7 Anthony Pettis Decision (split) UFC 136 October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 20–6 Danny Downes Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale June 4, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–6 Marcus Davis KO (punch) UFC 125 January 1, 2011 3 2:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night
Loss 18–6 Melvin Guillard Decision (split) UFC 119 September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 18–5 Sam Stout Decision (split) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Fight of the Night
Win 17–5 Justin Buchholz TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard September 16, 2009 1 3:32 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States Doctor stoppage due to cut. Knockout of the Night
Loss 16–5 Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann April 1, 2009 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 16–4 Joe Lauzon Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens February 7, 2009 2 4:43 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 16–3 Rafael dos Anjos KO (punches) UFC 91 November 15, 2008 3 0:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night
Loss 15–3 Spencer Fisher Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale June 21, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–2 Cole Miller TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman January 23, 2008 2 4:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–2 Diego Saraiva Decision (unanimous) UFC 76 September 22, 2007 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 13–2 Nick Walker TKO (punches) MCC 9: Heatwave July 27, 2007 1 4:45 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 12–2 Din Thomas Submission (armbar) UFC 71 May 26, 2007 2 2:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–1 Vern Jefferson TKO (punches) Greensparks: Full Contact Fighting 3 March 17, 2007 1 3:58 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 11–1 Norm Alexander Submission (triangle choke) TFC: Battle at the Barn February 21, 2007 1 3:26 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 10–1 Chris Mickle TKO (punches) MCC 5: Thanksgiving Throwdown November 22, 2006 4 0:27 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 9–1 Aaron Williams TKO (punches) Universal Gladiator Championships 4 September 22, 2006 1 N/A Kenner, Louisiana, United States
Win 8–1 Doug Alcorn Submission (armbar) Greensparks: Full Contact Fighting 1 August 19, 2006 1 1:56 Clive, Iowa, United States
Win 7–1 Chris Mickle TKO (punches) MCC 4: The Rematch July 15, 2006 2 3:36 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 6–1 Kendrick Johnson TKO (punches) Midwest Cage Championships 1 February 11, 2006 1 1:46 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 5–1 Will Shutt TKO (punches) XKK: Trials August 27, 2005 1 1:19 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 4–1 Sharome Blanchard TKO (punches) XKK: Des Moines March 19, 2005 1 2:36 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss 3–1 Chris Mickle Submission (rear-naked choke) Downtown Destruction 3 May 2, 2005 2 1:51 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 3–0 Chris Caleb TKO (punches) Downtown Destruction 2 February 2, 2005 1 1:44 Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Win 2–0 Gary Percival Submission (punches) Jungle Madness 2 January 15, 2005 1 N/A Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 Ted Worthington TKO (punches) Downtown Destruction 1 January 12, 2005 1 0:33 Des Moines, Iowa, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFC Fight Night 32 card: Rony Jason vs Jeremy Stephens fight preview". MMAMania. November 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  3. ^ http://www.lilheathenmma.com/about/
  4. ^ "Jeremy Stephen's UFC.com Bio". Retrieved 02-08-2009.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ [1] Jeremy Stephens, not Efrain Escudero, likely faces Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 20]
  6. ^ "Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens targeted for UFC 119 main card in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Jeremy Stephens vs. Jonathan Brookins likely for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Downes replaces injured Brookins at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale". mmajunkie.com. May 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "UFC 136: Anthony Pettis vs Jeremy Stephens announced for Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas". mmamania.com. July 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Edwards out, Stephens in against Cerrone at UFC on FUEL TV 3". MMAjunkie.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Yves Edwards to meet Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis". mmajunkie.com. August 1, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ Halvatzis Jr., George (2012-10-05). "Dana White tries to explain bizarre Jeremy Stephens arrest in Minnesota". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  13. ^ "Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan slated for UFC 160 on May 25". MMAjunkie.com. February 27, 2013. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-08-08). "Jeremy Stephens vs. Rony Jason Agreed to for Unannounced UFC Fight Night in Brazil". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  15. ^ Staff (2013-09-15). "Rony Jason pulled from UFC Fight Night 29 card against Jeremy Stephens". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  16. ^ Staff (2013-09-25). "Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 32 in November". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2013-11-09). "UFC Fight Night 32 results and gif: Jeremy Stephens demolishes Rony Jason". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  18. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-11-16). "Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens set for UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  19. ^ Damon Martin (2014-03-18). "Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens headlines UFC Fight Night in San Antonio". msn.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  20. ^ MMAFighting Newswire (September 30, 2014). "Jeremy Stephens to clash with Charles Oliveira at TUF 20 Finale". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ Jeremy Stephens (lilheathenmma) on Twitter
  22. ^ "The new "Mr. International," Jeremy Stephens, plans on stealing the show at UFC 113". MMAJUNKIE.com. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 

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