Despite losing three straight fights and causing all kinds of problems for the UFC, Jeremy Stephens is getting another shot in the octagon. Some of that is due to his exciting style, and part of it is due to him dropping to the featherweight division. After his first knockout loss to Yves Edwards, in his last fight, he said he was considering the drop. At the age of 26, Stephens is quite a veteran, having nearly 30 fights, and even more impressive is having 15 of them in the octagon.
Stephens has always had an up and down career in the octagon. He lost his debut to Din Thomas, and he returned after one fight outside the organization. He showed his true power with knockouts over Rafael dos Anjos and Cole Miller. The problem is losses to Joe Lauzon, Gleison Tibau, and Melvin Guillard set him back. Stephens rebounded knocking out Marcus Davis, but losses to WEC superstars Anthony Pettis and Donal Cerrone coupled with the aforementioned loss to Edwards has sent him looking for a career resurgence.
He hopes to find that at 145, but it does not look like the path gets any easier as featherweight is becoming a stacked division. Stephens is shooting for a March debut, so that he can get a full camp. His last few fights have come on short notice, and he wants to get proper training in to fine tune the weight cut. Stephens never wanted to drop, but he wants to see if he can be a real contender in his new weight class. Maybe a match-up with another former lightweight in Charles Olivera would be a good choice for his first opponent.