‘The True Fight to Make Is Me and Conor’- UFC Veteran Jeremy Stephens Calls Out Conor McGregor

Published 07/21/2021, 5:39 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Conor McGregor is currently on a losing streak. He has also suffered a gruesome leg break in his last fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Despite the severity of his injury, there are still thoughts on who he will fight once he is fit to return to the Octagon. Well, one of the hardest-hitting 155-pounders in the UFC roster has made himself available as an option for the Irishman.

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Jeremy Stephens wants to fight McGregor next. ‘Lil Heathen’ suffered a disappointing submission loss this weekend at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Moises. In fact, Stephens hasn’t won a fight since 2018. He has lost 5 out of his last 6 outings with the other being declared a no-contest.

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Just thinking… the true fight to make is me and Connor. He broke his ankle, someone dove for my ankle. We both like to fight and keep it standing. Both power both different. Plus I like to calve kick and have wide range of KO’s,” wrote Stephens.

It is true that Stephens proved himself to be one of the most vicious knockout artists over the course of his UFC career. He doesn’t finish fights by T/KO. Instead, when he knocks his opponents out, they don’t move. But the chances of him fighting McGregor next might just be too far-fetched.

Conor McGregor vs Jeremy Stephens: Does this fight make sense?

As mentioned earlier, Stephens hasn’t won a fight in the UFC Octagon for a considerable amount of time. Also, despite being a veteran and fan-favorite, he is not necessarily the kind of guy McGregor will look to fight next.

MMA – UFC264 – Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States – July 10, 2021 Conor McGregor in action against Dustin Poirier REUTERS/Steve Marcus

As the Irish fighter remains the fight game’s topmost draw despite his recent slump, he might be expected to fight Poirier again once he is fit to return and raring to go. So, it’s highly unlikely the UFC will bring the name of Jeremy Stephens up to the table as a potential opponent. But, ‘Lil Heathen’ made a smart move to make himself relevant by calling out McGregor.

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What’s next for Conor McGregor and Jeremy Stephens? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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