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Jeremy Stephens aiming for a knockout against Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fuel 3

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.


  • MickeyC says:

    YA, good luck with that.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Cowboy will not stand & bang with Stephens. That would be foolish. Not even Melvin was willing to trade with Jeremy.

    So my gut says Donald will come out with a much more conservative methodical approach than he did last time against Diaz, and he’ll do enough to come away with a decision. But if the fight does turn into more of a brawl then Stephens has a pretty clear advantage in my opinion.

  • Cowboy has a technical advantage and the chin to stand in there with Stephens. Cerrone will probably keep Jeremy at distance with kicks and long jabs, if it hits the ground at any point Jeremy is done. However on the feet its anyones ballgame as both guys have the skills the power and the intensity to make this a potential fight of the year if not decade. Im not sure which looks better on paper this or zombie vs. Poirier…the losers of these fights should change classes and fight each other!
    Melvin used a hit and run strategy due to his super suspect chin…..Cowboy luckily has the luxury of an iron beard.

  • Big Stank says:

    I really doubt it but stranger things have happened. Cerrone will pick him apart from the outside for a while and finish Stephens on the ground. Cerrone by Sub Rd 3

  • Creature says:

    Ha! I think Jeremy is seriously delusional, Cerrone has the advantage wherever the fight takes place. I think we will be seeing Jeremy shooting for takedowns fairly quickly once he starts getting out gunned on the feet, then he will get subbed. Cerrone by early 2nd round sub

  • Dufresne says:

    I think Cerrone has the advantage in everything except striking power. I see him standing and trading with Stephens until he manages to drop him and then finishing him on the ground with his submission game. That said, Stephens has the one shot power to stop just about anyone in their tracks. He just has to hope that Cerrone gets sloppy and lets him land one of his nasty haymakers. Otherwise I have Cowboy all day in this fight.


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