Jeremy Stephens gets another main event spotlight and the chance to shine this Saturday night, taking on Josh Emmett at UFC on FOX 28.
The event takes place from the Amway Center in Orlando, and Stephens was a guest on “UFC Tonight” earlier this week to talk about the bout.
“I feel like taking care of business on Saturday, focusing on Josh Emmett and that puts me right in the mix,” Stephens said. “Rankings don’t matter to me. They are so far-fetched, it doesn’t matter to me.
“This is an opportunity to take that number away from him and put myself in the mix for a title contention.”
Earlier this year, Stephens scored his second consecutive victory with a finish of Dooho Choi. The win was his 27th in his MMA career, and he gladly jumped at the chance to get right back inside the Octagon with just a 41-day turnaround.
“I feel like it’s all an advantage,” he said. “I’m a fighter who’s been wanting to fight more frequently. I was injury-free and have a great opportunity in front of me. I was already in great shape and be happier training-wise.”
Stephens has spent over five hours inside the Octagon during his career and has the sixth-highest takedown defense among active fighters in the featherweight division.
“As long as I stay healthy, I can keep fighting,” Stephens said. “I’m doing what I love to do and I’ll keep rocking it until the wheels fall off.”
A highlight of the interview was when Bisping and Stephens showed a clip from their arm-wrestling match, which “The Count” dominated with his left-hand. Stephens immediately sought out a rematch with right hands, but we have yet to see that happen.