UFC Books the Return of Jeremy Stephens as He Faces Drakkar Klose for His Lightweight Return

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February 26, 2021 8:53 pm

Divisional returns on UFC rosters are a rarity. However, fight fans will soon witness one such return as Jeremy Stephens finds himself on the road back to 155lbs.

According to Nolan King from MMA Junkie, ‘Lil Heathen’ will face Drakkar Klose on April 17th, but the venue or location remain under wraps because of official promotional reasons.

The 34-year-old American made his UFC debut in 2007 at UFC 71. Unfortunately, the freshman lost to Veteran Din Thomas via armbar submission.

‘Lil Heathen’ has 28 wins and 18 losses so far. Stephens has 4 losses and 1 NC since February 24, 2018, after his last winning fight against Josh Emmett.

ST. LOUIS, MO – JANUARY 14: (R-L) Jeremy Stephens punches Dooho Choi of South Korea in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the Scottrade Center on January 14, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Drakkar Klose, the 32-year-old American who began his UFC career in 2017, has 11-2-1 on his resume. He is more of a striking-oriented fighter than a wrestler, which makes it more difficult for him to face fast-moving opponents or someone who can out grapple him.

Yes, he’s never been ranked, but he’s been in the ring with a lot of guys who have had impressive numbers next to their names like Bobby green, Christos Giagos, David Teymur, etc.

Who is a better fighter? Drakkar Klose or Jeremy Stephens?

Drakkar Klose is a wise fighter and a fair striker who has a reach of 178. He is a fighter with perfect composure and has a lot of patience. We also know Klose for his wrestling skills.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Stephens is a veteran fighter who carries immense experience and has fought some huge names in the octagon. Despite a series of unfortunate losses, he is still a lethal machine and a game-changer in the division.

The reason for Stephen’s return to the lightweight division is still unknown. However, this bout will be his first appearance in lightweight since December 2012.

This fight will easily go on to the judge’s scorecard as they both are going to fight to make an individual statement in the octagon.

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Joel John

Joel John is an MMA author at EssentiallySports and is based in Bangalore. His love for UFC started after Khabib Nurmagomedov entered the promotion and took down some legends. He is also a die-hard fan of Lewis Hamilton. Joel is a musician who can play 6 different instruments. He is a writer by day and a musician by night.

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