PFL fighter Jeremy Stephens revealed how he got booked to fight Jose Aldo in a boxing match.
Former UFC featherweight champion Aldo, widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, confirmed his retirement from the sport after a nearly two-decade-long career. He switched over to boxing and made his debut against Emmanuel Zambrano earlier this month at a Shooto Brasil Boxing event. He came out on top of the judges’ scorecards by unanimous decision.
Following the win, he got announced to compete with Stephens inside the boxing ring for the Gamebred Boxing 4 card on April 1.
Jeremy Stephens reveals how he got the fight with Jose Aldo
In a recent interview with MMA on SiriusXM, Stephens explained how he secured the showdown with Jose Aldo.
“Thank god for my management! If it weren’t for Lloyd, I wouldn’t even have this matchup. What had happened was he was sitting down with Jorge Masvidal, who I’ve trained with in the past, he’s come out and visited me, we have a relationship. He was with the promoter and Lloyd, my manager, they are talking. He’s like, ‘hey, we got Jose Aldo signed. We were wondering with Urijah Faber they have that rivalry, it’d be great. Would he be interested in a boxing match.’
“My manager told them he’s retired, going through some neck surgeries, had one or is going to, some personal things, so he’s pretty much retired. He’s like, ‘I got something better for you though.’ He shouted out my name and they were like that’s even better. We’re f**king running it.”
“He [my manager] shouted out my name for the match and they were like ‘Dude, we’re f**king running it.’” 👊
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Stephens is excited to bring the action
‘Lil Heathen’ expressed his excitement for the nearing contest and promised to deliver action for the fans.
“My manager calls me up and tells me he’s got a crazy offer,” he continued. “It was on a Friday, which is spar day at Alliance and I was like yes, count me in, confirm me. Then, I went straight to the gym, trained, worked out, and was just super excited for the opportunity. Just putting it all together, trust and faith. The universe will provide if you’re getting out there, working hard, showing up on time, putting in the effort, and good management…
“I can’t wait to show up April 1st and give people what they want to see and that’s action.”
Stephens was last seen in action against Natan Schulte at the 2022 Season PFL Championships last November. He will look to get back in the winning column when he faces Jose Aldo this April at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.