UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens (20-7) is out to make history on Tuesday night when he mixes it up with Donald Cerrone (17-4) in a co-headlining clash at UFC on Fuel 3. Stephens has earned himself a reputation as a dangerous draw for any foe over the past five years inside the Octagon with heavy-hands and an aggressive approach to competition, notching fourteen TKOs in twenty victories, while Cerrone has never been stopped with strikes in any of his 21 professional outings.
According to Stephens, he’s looking forward to testing that durability, especially based on Cerrone’s willingness to stand against opponents even in situations where doing so may not be the best strategy. If “Cowboy” follows that trend next week, Stephens is confident he’ll become the first to stop Cerrone by means other than a submission.
“I don’t hit like a normal ’55er. I probably knock guys out at 170 and above,” explained Stephens in an interview with USA Today. “Once he starts feeling that power, I’ve got a feeling that he’s going to try to resort to the ground game…I feel like he’s going to make the attempt. I’m going to shut that down and keep it standing and knock him out.”
“Cowboy’s a guy who likes to pressure guys, like to bully them. When he has that momentum, he’s very dangerous,” Stephens continued on Cerrone. “When I come forward, we’re definitely going to collide. It’s going to be who’s coming forward and who has the lack of respect for each other’s power. I can tell you right now, I don’t really care for his kicks. I couldn’t care less about his kicks. I couldn’t care less about his punching power. And I’m going to break him.”
Both men should be ready to deliver fireworks come showtime as each has recently suffered a hard-fought decision loss. Cerrone was last seen falling to Nate Diaz while Stephens came up short against Anthony Pettis this past October.
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