Jeremy Stephens (28-18 MMA, 15-17 UFC) competes in his thirty fourth UFC bout, the fourth most appearances in firm historical past behind Jim Miller (37), Donald Cerrone (37) and Andrei Arlovski (35).
Stephens returns to the light-weight division for the primary time since December 2012. He went 8-9 with one no contest throughout his run at featherweight.
Stephens’ 18 knockdowns landed in UFC competitors are tied with Anderson Silva for second most in firm historical past behind Cerrone (20).
Stephens’ 11 knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competitors are most in divisional historical past.
Stephens’ 5 knockdowns landed at UFC 215 are tied for the single-fight UFC report set by Forrest Petz vs. Sam Morgan at UFC Battle Evening 6 in 2006.
Stephens’ 17 losses in UFC competitors are probably the most in firm historical past.
Stephens’ 12 determination losses in UFC competitors are most in firm historical past.
Stephens earned the primary head-kick knockout in UFC featherweight historical past when he stopped Rony Jason at UFC Battle Evening 32 in November 2013.
Stephens vs. Yair Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN+ 17, which led to 15 seconds, marked the second quickest no contest in UFC historical past behind the 11-second ending between Antonio Carlos Junior and Kevin Casey at UFC Battle Evening 80 in December 2015.