Jeremy Stephens: 'I'm going to break him [Cerrone]'

by Sergio Non | source: mmajunkie.com
 

"I couldn't care less about his kicks," said Stephens, scheduled to face Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC on Fuel TV 3 on Tuesday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. "I couldn't care less about his punching power. And I'm going to break him."

Both coming off losses to top-10 opponents, Cerrone and Stephens could use a win to start new runs at the elite ranks at 155 pounds. Pitting them against each other gives the UFC a good chance of an action-packed affair; between them, Cerrone and Stephens have combined for 13 fight-night awards under the banner of UFC parent Zuffa.

Yet Stephens doesn't go into the cage with the notion of winning a bonus for action.

"Bringing that win bonus back to my family is the only thing I'm concerned about," he said. "I think my style is just exciting enough as it is. I've never been one of those guys who felt like I had to go out there and perform real crazy and had to do anything."

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Tahiti Bo site profile image  

5/15/12 10:24 PM by Tahiti Bo

^ lol... that sure was a wet fart

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5/15/12 10:24 PM by iCameiLostiRetiredDiaz

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5/15/12 10:18 PM by A Flock Of Seagals

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5/15/12 10:13 PM by GriffinQ

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5/13/12 10:07 PM by dylandrugs

Wow, great post Fixed. Can't argue with any of that.

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5/13/12 8:22 PM by FixedPartialArts

Actually, Fight Metric scored the Stout fight for Stephens. http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2010/5/9/1464480/fightmetric-reports-for-sam-stout Like the blogger asserts, I'm not really sure what people were watching who say Stout won. That was pretty clear cut in favor of Stephens. He was crushing Stout with power strikes. Maybe the Canadian crowd had some influence on perception, but it was really telling that even they didn't boo the decision.As for the fight against Guillard, 5 of the 6 media cards included in the MMA Minority Report favored Stephens, some by multiple points. http://mmadecisions.com/decision.jsp?id=1848Really the only opponent who has fared a little better than him on the feet, is Pettis, whose striking is superior overall to Cerrone's.About Stephens' sub defense, it's hard to say it's an issue when he was last subbed at 22 years old, and has since received excellent BJJ training at his gym.Stephens is underrated, and that's as a result of debuting in UFC on his 21st birthday, and some suspect judging. If he'd have gotten the nod against Guillard the perception of him would be drastically different. Everybody who beats Guillard gets overrated afterward.

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5/13/12 7:58 PM by twodragunns

Stephen's is a gr8 striker, but he lost the Stout fight imo opinion and in fight metrics opinion as well, so they posted the results and Guilliard beat Stephens on the judges cards, but thought the decision was close. Stephens is a power striker, but lacks the footwork and sub defense needed to be considered more than a tough, hard hitting mma fighter with a big heart. This fight should be FOTN and will deliver for the fans pleasure.    

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5/13/12 7:47 PM by OftheWay

I sincerely hope Cerrone viciously knocks out Stephens and I believe he will. Stephens has power and decent footwork, but he does not have the complete skill set necessary to take Cerrone out.Cerrone's standup is definitely good enough to compete with and probably defeat Stephens, but if not his ground game his vastly superior. Plus Cerrone's greatest attribute is his mental strenghth; he's not afraid of anyone and his fights reflect this. He approaches his opponents the way most MMA fans desire all fighters to approach their opponents, intelligent and technical yet without trepidation or hesitancy. The fact that he was outclassed by Nate Diaz in his last outing says more about Diaz than it does about Cerrone. In fact, the way Diaz dismantled an incredibly talented and well rounded Jim Miller shows that Diaz will give any fighter fits at 155.Cerrone's still among the best in the division and should have little trouble destroying Jeremy Stephens on his way back up the 155 lbs. ladder.

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5/13/12 7:35 PM by FixedPartialArts

Marcus Davis is a straight boxer. The opponents Stephens has looked better against, i.e.: Stout, Guillard, and Pettis (even though he deserved to lose); are all kickboxers like Cerrone. Stephens has good kick defense and counters off them well. He also fares better offensively against opponents who he knows where they're going to be. Davis' movement was more troubling. Pettis' and Guillard's movement was somewhat troubling. Stout not as much. Cerrone barely moves at all.

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5/13/12 7:31 PM by UGCTT_El Pescadero

Big fan of both these guys... They always come to fight, never look for a shitty Decision and are both great dudes! Gunna be an exciting fight, I see fight of the night bonuses be handed out!