Longtime lightweight Jeremy Stephens will change things up after the calendar turns with a drop to featherweight.
The fighter recently announced the planned change of divisions on Twitter, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed news of the switch with Stephens' manager, Ryan Hass.
Hass said the plan is for Stephens to do a test cut to 145 in January after helping wrap Alliance MMA teammate Myles Jury's prep for next week's UFC 155 bout against Michael Johnson.
"It shouldn't be a problem and (we're) looking for a fight by March," Hass said. "His last couple fights have been on short notice, so he's looking to get a full camp with a nutritionist and tweak his training to bring up his speed, but not lose any muscle or power. He'll be a contender at 145 quick. He likes 155 and it was never his idea to drop, but after consideration, he's pumped about it."
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In addition, Stephens himself stopped by the Underground today to provide some more details to the story:
Member Since: 6/3/10
It'll be an easy cut, I'll train harder and perform even better! I'm not a big guy and my body fat isn't low.Test cut shouldn't be a problem in a couple weeks, then will be looking to reinvent myself in all aspects. Maybe I can double dip with LW too, who knows. I'll have it all figured out soon enough. More importantly, getting this criminal case dismissed (since I had nothing to do with it) will help my career the most.
Thanks for those of you that support me. I couldn't do it without you!
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