UFC featherweight veteran, Jeremy ‘Lil’ Heathen’ Stephens has reportedly parted ways with the UFC, following a lengthy stint with the organization from 2007 to 2021.
Stephens, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, is currently win-less in his last six professional outings, dropping a trio of recent Octagon losses.
Boasting a 28-19(1) professional record, Stephens most recent Octagon walk came back in July at UFC Vegas 31, where he suffered a first round kimura submission loss against the streaking, Mateusz Gamrot in his return to the lightweight limit. News of Stephens’ departure from the UFC was first reported by MMA Fighting reporters, Guilherme Cruz, and Damon Martin.
Making his Octagon debut back in 2007 against Din Thomas, Stephens, a former lightweight contender would to on to establish a 15-18(1) record during his time in the organization – which snapped a total of 15 years.
Lodging a total 19 professional knockout wins, Stephens last professional victory came back in February 2018 when he stopped now-surging featherweight challenger, Josh Emmett with a vicious second round knockout. The victory earned Stephens a Performance of the Night bonus.
However, beyond that victory, Stephens has dropped five losses and an official ‘No Contest’. In that timeframe, Stephens dropped a knockout loss to Jose Aldo, and Calvin Kattar, as well as unanimous decision defeats to both Yair Rodriguez, and Zabit Magomedsharipov.
During his lengthy tenure under the Dana White-led organizational banner, Stephens managed to score notable victories over the likes of Rafael dos Anjos, Sam Stout, Darren Elkins, Dennis Bermudez, Renan Barao, Gilbert Melendez, Doo Ho Choi, and the aforenoted, Josh Emmett.
Infamously, Stephens was set to feature against Drakkar Klose at UFC Vegas 24 back in April, until the two engaged in a pre-fight weigh-in staredown, where Stephens forcibly pushed Klose, resulting in an injury to the Michigan native – forcing his withdrawal from the event in the hours leading up to the fight. As a result, Stephens was also removed from the card.
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