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"Lil' Heathen"

23-11-0

Jeremy Stephens

Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens

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  • Given Name: Jeremy Dean Stephens
  • Professional MMA Record: 23-11-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Lil' Heathen
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 28 | Date of Birth: 1986.05.26
  • Last Fight: December 12, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Arena MMA
  • Height: 5'9" (176cm) | Reach: 71.0" (180cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $554,000 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 3rd straight fight when he won a Unanimous Decision over Darren Elkins at UFC on Fox 10. Following the contest against Elkins, Stephens would stumble dropping a unanimous decision to Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 44. Looking to get back on the winning track, Stephens would be scheduled to face Charles Olivera at the Ultimate Fighter 20 season finale. Stephens would go on to lose a decision having been defending against submissions for a majority of the bout. 

Last updated 12.12.2014, 11:21 PM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Charles Oliveira
23-10-0 18-4-0

The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.12.12
Odds: -175 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 Base | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Cub Swanson
23-9-0 20-5-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
#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
22-9-0 17-3-0

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

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

Rony Jason
21-9-0 13-3-0

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 | Referee: Kevin MacDonald
#27 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
20-9-0 14-3-0

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 | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:55 Round 1 of 3

Yves Edwards
20-8-0 41-18-1

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 | Referee: Steve Newport
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
20-7-0 17-4-0

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 | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Anthony Pettis
20-6-0 13-2-0

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

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

Danny Downes
19-6-0 8-1-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
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
18-6-0 17-7-0

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 | Referee: Kim Winslow
#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
18-5-0 26-8-2

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

2010.09.25
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi - Memories
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sam Stout
17-5-0 15-5-1

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 | Referee: Mario Yamasaki | Walkout Music: Drake feat. Eminem, Lil Wayne & Kanye West - Forever
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
16-5-0 9-3-0

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 | Referee: Kevin Nix
UFC Fight Night 19 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gleison Tibau
16-4-0 19-5-0

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

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

Joe Lauzon
16-3-0 17-4-0

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 | Referee: Troy Waugh
#40 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
15-3-0 11-2-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#68 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 91 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Spencer Fisher
15-2-0 20-4-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:44 Round 2 of 3, 9:44 Total

Cole Miller
14-2-0 13-2-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Diego Saraiva
13-2-0 10-8-1

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
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
12-1-0 21-6-0

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

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

Vern Jefferson

Iowa Regional

2007.03.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Norm Alexander

Iowa Regional

2007.02.21
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Chris Mickle

Midwest Cage Championship

2006.11.22
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Aaron Williams

Louisiana Regional

2006.09.22
Win | Submission | Armlock

Doug Alcorn

Iowa Regional

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

Iowa Regional

2005.03.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Chris Caleb

Iowa Regional

2005.02.02
Win | Submission | Punches

Gary Percival

Minnesota Regional

2005.01.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Ted Worthington

Iowa Regional

2005.01.12

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