LAS VEGAS – Jeremy Stephens nonetheless isn’t precisely blissful about having his April bout with Drakkar Klose scrapped following a shove at the event’s ceremonial weigh-ins, however he’s at the very least far sufficient faraway from the incident that he can take pleasure in an excellent snigger about it.
Stephens mentioned within the aftermath of Klose’s withdrawal, he noticed a meme of himself parodying his notorious, “After I knock folks out, they don’t f-cking transfer,” line from an much more notorious 2016 press convention, and he needed to restrain himself from sharing it on social media.
“‘After I shove folks, they don’t f-cking transfer’ – you hear that, dude?” Stephens requested MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s media day on the UFC Apex. “I imply actually after the combat, after that form of went down, like I noticed that, and like I actually needed to retweet it, however I didn’t – but it surely was simply f-cking hilarious.”
Stephens didn’t discover it fairly as hilarious that he didn’t get his present cash for the cardboard regardless of his willingness to compete. Nonetheless, he’s not promising that if future opponents get in his face they received’t obtain the identical therapy.
“The human aspect of me was like, you already know, that possibly might have waited,” Stephens mentioned. “However, you already know, the primal aspect was like, ‘Nah, f-ck that, bro. You broke protocol.’
“He will get proper in my face and touches nostril and nostril, and to me, it was similar to disrespect, bro. I’m displaying up for a special motive. I used to be actually displaying as much as actually concuss him on Saturday evening. I imply, name it brutal, what it’s, however you watch my spotlight tape. You realize what I’m right here to do, and to me, it was simply disrespectful. Like we might have had it. We might have had an excellent combat.”
Stephens (28-18 MMA, 15-17 UFC) has since moved on from the Klose matchup and mentioned he’s actually not inquisitive about rebooking it transferring ahead. As a substitute, he now faces Mateusz Gamrot (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 26 on the UFC Apex. The cardboard airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.
Stephens mentioned he’s truly excited to face a man he finds extra harmful than Klose.
“You realize, he’s one other man I really feel like goes to wish to be taking me down,” Stephens mentioned. “Trains with an ideal camp at American High Staff, so that they gameplan very well, however he’s going to search out out in there. It’s onerous to gameplan in opposition to a dude simply throwing bricks and shotguns at your chest and physique and is ready to defend takedowns, as effectively.”
For Stephens, the frustration of the April incident nonetheless looms massive within the background, however he insists it received’t impression his efficiency on Saturday evening. In any case, Stephens has been competing professionally since 2005 and has a well-earned repute at this level in his profession.
“Lil’ Heathen” has seen all of it, however when the cage door shuts, nothing modifications.
“Each evening is a giant evening, man – your ass is on the chopping block each time you get within the UFC, even for those who’re on a win streak,” Stephens mentioned. “You don’t give a f-ck, man. You bought to go on the market and do your factor, however I don’t wish to ever put that strain on. I can simply combat. I can scrap. I simply have it naturally, you already know? I do know that, however I do know that I wish to win. I don’t wish to f-cking lose. I don’t wish to be certainly one of them guys, simply are available in like, ‘Oh, I had an ideal efficiency.’ No, I wish to put folks away. I wish to win.
“You realize, like I’ve been telling folks, the cash is for my household, for my future, for them to play softball, for them to do their factor. I simply need the f-cking win. I simply to face over your physique after I concussed you and also you’re laying there, and simply nearly like, ‘Aargh!” That’s the win, bro. That’s what I chase, is f-cking the adrenaline.”
To see the complete interview with Stephens, take a look at the video above.