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"Lil' Heathen"

23-10-0

Jeremy Stephens

Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens

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  • Given Name: Jeremy Dean Stephens
  • Professional MMA Record: 23-10-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Lil' Heathen
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 28 | Date of Birth: 1986.05.26
  • Last Fight: June 28, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: The Arena Team
  • Height: 5'9" (176cm) | Reach: 71.0" (180cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $514,000 USD
  • Born: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: San Diego, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Jeremy Stephens began fighting as a professional mixed martial artist as a teenager, winning 12 of his first 13 bouts before being invited to join the UFC in 2007. Since joining the UFC, Stephens has emerged as a talented prospect with the potential to one day fight for the belt, winning bouts with Diego Saraiva, Cole Miller, Rafael dos Anjos, and Sam Stout. He has also met with some tough losses along the way.


Though he has been submitted more than once, Stephens has never been knocked out in a professional fight, and has finished the majority of his wins by way of knockout, including a famous uppercut knockout of dos Anjos in 2008, which won the Knockout of the Night award from UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar. Stephens throws hard and keeps moving forward, forcing his opponents to think their way around his aggression or else get KO’d.


Stephens would go 4-5 after the Dos Anjos KO with wins that included a Fight of the Night over Sam Stout and a Knockout of the Night over Marcus Davis. Stephens was expected to face Yves Edwards at UFC on FX 5 however living up to his nickname of Lil Heathen he was arrested on the day of the fight. The UFC did all they could to get him released from jail so he could still fight but to no avail. After being knocked out for the first time in his career when he eventually fought Edwards at UFC on Fox 5, Stephens dropped to featherweight and won a unanimous decision over Strikeforce import Estevan Payan. He would follow that with another win this time over Rony Jason in Brazil when he finished him in the very first round with a perfectly thrown head kick that Jason ducked right into.


Stephens would continue his surge winning his 4th straight fight when he won a Unanimous Decision over Darren Elkins at UFC on Fox 10.

Last updated 04.01.2014, 3:56 PM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Cub Swanson
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC Fight Night 44: Swanson vs. Stephens
Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.06.28
Odds: +210 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
#18 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 44 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Darren Elkins
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC on FOX 10: Henderson vs. Thomson
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.01.25
Odds: -140 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
0:40 Round 1 of 3

Rony Jason
Ref: Kevin MacDonald

UFC Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson 2
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.11.09
Odds: +160 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
#26 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
Cancelled Bout Rony Jason UFC UFN 29 2013.10.09
Reason: Jason Lumbar Hernia
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Estevan Payan
Ref: Chris Tognoni

UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva 2
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.05.25
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:55 Round 1 of 3

Yves Edwards
Ref: Steve Newport

UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.12.08
Odds: -235 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.8 lbs
UFC on FOX 5 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Yves Edwards UFC on FX 5 2012.10.05
Reason: Stephens Arrested Day of Fight
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Donald Cerrone
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC on FUEL TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.05.15
Odds: +195 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Anthony Pettis
Ref: Kerry Hatley

UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.10.08
Odds: +245 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Danny Downes
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.06.04
Odds: -420 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Jonathan Brookins TUF 13 Finale 2011.06.04
Reason: Brookins Eye Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:33 Round 3 of 3, 12:33 Total

Marcus Davis
Ref: Kim Winslow

UFC 125: Resolution
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.01.01
Odds: -290 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $96,000 ($18K Base, $18K Bonus, $60K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#27 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#17 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 125 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Melvin Guillard
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 119: Mir vs Cro Cop
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.09.25
Odds: -110 Near Even | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sam Stout
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.05.08
Odds: +178 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
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UFC 113 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Ronys Torres UFC UFN 19 2009.09.16
Reason: Torres Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
3:32 Round 1 of 3

Justin Buchholz
Ref: Kevin Nix

UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.09.16
Odds: -250 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $54,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus, $30K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs
UFC Fight Night 19 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gleison Tibau
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC Fight Night 18: Condit vs. Kampmann
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 158 lbs

2009.04.01
Odds: +155 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 158.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:43 Round 2 of 3, 9:43 Total

Joe Lauzon
Ref: Troy Waugh

UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.02.07
Odds: +165 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#82 Greatest Submission of All Time
#39 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC Fight Night 17 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:39 Round 3 of 3, 10:39 Total

Rafael dos Anjos
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.11.15
Odds: -151 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $76,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus, $60K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#66 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 91 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Spencer Fisher
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.06.21
Odds: +151 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:44 Round 2 of 3, 9:44 Total

Cole Miller
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC Fight Night 12: Swick vs. Burkman
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.01.23
Odds: +143 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Diego Saraiva
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 76: Knockout
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.09.22
Odds: -198 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Nick Walker

Midwest Cage Championship

2007.07.27
Loss | Submission | Armlock
2:44 Round 2 of 3, 7:44 Total

Din Thomas
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.05.26
Disclosed Pay: $3,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
UFC 71 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Vern Jefferson

Greensparks

2007.03.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Norm Alexander

TFC

2007.02.21
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Chris Mickle

Midwest Cage Championship

2006.11.22
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Aaron Williams

UGC 4

2006.09.22
Win | Submission | Armlock

Doug Alcorn

Greensparks

2006.08.19
Win | KO/TKO

Chris Mickle

Midwest Cage Championship

2006.07.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Kendrick Johnson

Midwest Cage Championship

2006.02.11
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Will Shutt

Xtreme Kage Kombat

2005.08.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Sharome Blanchard

Xtreme Kage Kombat

2005.03.19
Loss | Submission | Choke

Chris Mickle

DD 3

2005.03.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Chris Caleb

DD 2

2005.02.02
Win | Submission | Punches

Gary Percival

Minnesota Regional

2005.01.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Ted Worthington

DD 1

2005.01.12

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