Jeremy Dean Stephens (born May 26, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Featherweight division. Contents 1 Mixed martial arts career 1.1 Ultimate Fighting Championship, , 2 Personal life, 3 Mixed martial arts record, 4 References, 5 External links, Mixed martial arts career: Stephens was born in Des Moines, Iowa and came from a broken home. When he was eight years old, Stephens parents divorced and he constantly switched between schools while also living in various apartments, shelters, and even in his mother's car before moving to Norwalk, Iowa with his father, who was granted custody of Stephens when he was in the fifth grade. Growing up, Stephens played baseball, basketball, and also competed in wrestling. Stephens attended Norwalk High School where he was a standout in baseball and wrestling, having returned to wrestling during his senior year. Stephens was introduced to mixed martial arts by his grandfather who had also originally persuaded Stephens to compete in wrestling. While beginning his career in mixed martial arts, Stephens looked up to and later became friends with fellow Des Moines native Josh Neer. At age 16, Stephens began mixed martial arts as an amateur. He started full-time training at the age of 18. Stephens has held the UGC 155-pound belt and the MCC 155-pound belt. Ultimate Fighting Championship: Stephens was defeated via second round armbar submission in his UFC debut against veteran Din Thomas at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007. His first win in the UFC was against Diego Saraiva at UFC 76 via unanimous decision. Jeremy then scored his second win inside the Octagon after beating Cole Miller via second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 12. At the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 7, Jeremy took on former trainer and friend Spencer Fisher. Stephens lost via unanimous decision. After the loss he rebounded with an emphatic come from behind knockout victory over BJJ black belt Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 91. He was out-grappled the first two rounds but in the third came out swinging and landed a huge uppercut on dos Anjos that knocked him unconscious. Stephens next stepped in as a late replacement for Hermes Franca against Joe Lauzon on February 7, 2009 at UFC Fight Night 17. Lauzon defeated Stephens with an armbar late in the second round. Then on April 1, 2009 at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs Kampmann, Stephens was out-wrestled by Gleison Tibau and lost his second straight fight via unanimous decision. Stephens was expected to return to the octagon on September 16, 2009 at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard against UFC newcomer Ronnys Torres. However, Torres sustained an injury during training and was replaced by Justin Buchholz. Stephens defeated Buchholz after landing several big strikes and opening up a deep gash on Buchholz's forehead, forcing the doctor to stop the fight midway through the first round. Stephens was expected to face Nik Lentz on January 11, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 20. However, Stephens suffered a cut and was forced to pull out of the fight. Stephens defeated Sam Stout via split decision on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113. Stephens lost to Melvin Guillard on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119 via split decision. Stephens faced Marcus Davis on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125. After likely losing the first two rounds, Stephens then came out more aggressive in the third round and caught Davis with a counter punch resulting in a KO win. Stephens was expected to face Jonathan Brookins on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. However, Brookins was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Danny Downes. Stephens defeated Downes via unanimous decision after dominating all three rounds. Stephens faced Anthony Pettis on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136. Pettis defeated Stephens via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Stephens replaced an injured Yves Edwards against Donald Cerrone on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Stephens was expected to face Yves Edwards on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. However, the bout was cancelled due to Stephens being arrested on the day of the event for an assault charge that dates back to 2011. The fight eventually took place on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5. Edwards won by knockout in the first round, being the first fighter to ever stop Stephens via strikes. Stephens made his featherweight debut against promotional newcomer Estevan Payan on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. He won the bloody fight via unanimous decision. Stephens was expected to face Rony Jason on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29. However, Jason pulled out of the bout citing an injury (lumbar hernia). The bout eventually took place on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32. Stephens won via knockout early in the first round. Personal life: Ethnically Mexican and White American, Stephens has two daughters. He is a good friend of former UFC Fighter Anton Kuivanen. Mixed martial arts record: Professional record breakdown 31 matches 22 wins 9 losses By knockout 15 1 By submission 3 3 By decision 4 5 Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Win 22-9 Rony Jason KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 02013-11-09November 9, 2013 1 0:40 Goiânia, Brazil Win 21-9 Estevan Payan Decision (unanimous) UFC 160 02013-05-25May 25, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight debut Loss 20-9 Yves Edwards KO (punches & elbows) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz 02012-12-08December 8, 2012 1 1:55 Seattle, Washington, United States Loss 20-8 Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier 02012-05-15May 15, 2012 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States Loss 20-7 Anthony Pettis Decision (split) UFC 136 02011-10-08October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Win 20-6 Danny Downes Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale 02011-06-04June 4, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 19-6 Marcus Davis KO (punch) UFC 125 02011-01-01January 1, 2011 3 2:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night Loss 18-6 Melvin Guillard Decision (split) UFC 119 02010-09-25September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Win 18-5 Sam Stout Decision (split) UFC 113 02010-05-08May 8, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Fight of the Night Win 17-5 Justin Buchholz TKO (cut) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard 02009-09-16September 16, 2009 1 3:32 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States Knockout of the Night Loss 16-5 Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 02009-04-01April 1, 2009 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Loss 16-4 Joe Lauzon Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens 02009-02-07February 7, 2009 2 4:43 Tampa, Florida, United States Win 16-3 Rafael dos Anjos KO (punches) UFC 91 02008-11-15November 15, 2008 3 0:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night Loss 15-3 Spencer Fisher Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale 02008-06-21June 21, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 15-2 Cole Miller TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman 02008-01-23January 23, 2008 2 4:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 14-2 Diego Saraiva Decision (unanimous) UFC 76 02007-09-22September 22, 2007 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Win 13-2 Nick Walker TKO (punches) MCC 9: Heatwave 02007-07-27July 27, 2007 1 4:45 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Loss 12-2 Din Thomas Submission (armbar) UFC 71 02007-05-26May 26, 2007 2 2:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 12-1 Vern Jefferson TKO (punches) Greensparks: Full Contact Fighting 3 02007-03-17March 17, 2007 1 3:58 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 11-1 Norm Alexander Submission (triangle choke) TFC: Battle at the Barn 02007-02-21February 21, 2007 1 3:26 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 10-1 Chris Mickle TKO (punches) MCC 5: Thanksgiving Throwdown 02006-11-22November 22, 2006 4 0:27 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 9-1 Aaron Williams TKO (punches) Universal Gladiator Championships 4 02006-09-22September 22, 2006 1 N/A Kenner, Louisiana, United States Win 8-1 Doug Alcorn Submission (armbar) Greensparks: Full Contact Fighting 1 02006-08-19August 19, 2006 1 1:56 Clive, Iowa, United States Win 7-1 Chris Mickle TKO (punches) MCC 4: The Rematch 02006-07-15July 15, 2006 2 3:36 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 6-1 Kendrick Johnson TKO (punches) Midwest Cage Championships 1 02006-02-11February 11, 2006 1 1:46 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 5-1 Will Shutt TKO (punches) XKK: Trials 02005-08-27August 27, 2005 1 1:19 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 4-1 Sharome Blanchard TKO (punches) XKK: Des Moines 02005-03-19March 19, 2005 1 2:36 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Loss 3-1 Chris Mickle Submission (rear-naked choke) Downtown Destruction 3 02005-05-02May 2, 2005 2 1:51 Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 3-0 Chris Caleb TKO (punches) Downtown Destruction 2 02005-02-02February 2, 2005 1 1:44 Owatonna, Minnesota, United States Win 2-0 Gary Percival TKO (submission to punches) Jungle Madness 2 02005-01-15January 15, 2005 1 N/A Des Moines, Iowa, United States Win 1-0 Ted Worthington TKO (punches) Downtown Destruction 1 02005-01-12January 12, 2005 1 0:33 Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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