This evening UFC lightweight fighter Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens will look to make it three in a row when he takes on Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard on the main card of UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop. Stephens appeared MMAJunkie.com Radio recently to discuss the upcoming bout, which he is confident that he will win.
“I know he’s around a good camp and a good group of guys,” Stephens said of Guillard, who recently started training with the Greg Jackson camp. “I just don’t think he has the mentality to beat me. I don’t think he’s been through any of the wars that I’ve been through.”
Stephens contends that Guillard, who is on his own two-fight winning streak, is the mentally weaker of the two men and he intends to demonstrate his superior mental fortitude come fight night.
“When the fight doesn’t go his way, he breaks,” Stevens said. “He looks for a way out. I’m not talking crap about him. That’s just what everybody in the world sees when Melvin Guillard fights. You can’t break me. You push the pace and you want to bring it at a higher level, that’s just going to crank up my volume. I just feel like with the things that I’ve been through in my life, I can’t and won’t be mentally broken.”
Guillard’s recent transferral to the Greg Jackson camp has provided the New Orleans native with a new outlook on MMA and a new, more positive attitude in general. Stephens isn’t giving Guillard’s camp switch much credit, however, and believes that “The Young Assassin” will need more than a few weeks at the Jackson camp to defeat him.
“Melvin, he just goes to Greg Jackson on a six (or) seven-week notice and he thinks that’s going to work for him,” he said. “I have my guys around me full-time. They push me. Out here in San Diego, I just have my training partners and coaches. They’re not the ones that are going to tell me, ‘Let’s go out.’ They put me through a lot of pain and suffering, and I can’t wait to go out there and put it on Melvin.”
Stephens, who is currently sitting on two-straight victories over Justin Bucholz (TKO) and Sam Stout (split decision), believes that if he continues down the path that he currently walks he will find no limit to what he can achieve in the sport.
“I think if I stay focused and stay where I’m at and keep continuing to get better, the sky’s the limit for me,” said Stephens. “I don’t have any limits on what I can do or how far I can take this. I’m really pushing myself these days. My whole focus is on Melvin Guillard, and of course, we’ll talk after that with what’s next.”
Guillard and Stephens will square off on the main card portion of this evening’s UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop pay-per-view event. The fights will air live from the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.