Jeremy Stephens Plans on Badly Knocking Out Yair Rodriguez
Either UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens hates Yair Rodriguez, or he is just a man on a mission. Regardless, Lil Heathen sounds pumped up for the matchup against Yair at UFC on ESPN+ 17 in Mexico City. Stephens spoke to MMA media recently about the matchup, his ties to Mexico, and his plans to KO Yair.
Stephens on What Mexico Means to Him
“I love this country (Mexico), man… i love being here. everything about Mexico. the people, and (like) I said earlier, no one has told me how gorgeous Zacatecas really is,” said Stephens.
He began instructing how the mayor of the city really opened it up for Stephens to engulf himself in the culture. Next, he went on to discuss how the culture embraced him with open arms and he felt like he’s found a new family in the city. He also revealed his Mexican heritage and his excitement for fighting in the country.
Jeremy Speaks About Yair and the Matchup
So, while many fans thought Yair would have the home country advantage, it turns out Stephens will embrace his Mexican roots and expect to put on a show for the people he represents. Not only does he plan on exciting the crowd, but he also had choice words for Rodriguez.
“He (Yair) is a tremendous competitor, but he’s still a kid.” said a fired-up Stephens. “He’s not a man. He doesn’t know how to fight like a man and I’m going to treat him accordingly,” finished Stephens.
Jeremy was then asked about remarks Yair made claiming that Stephens was of the old guard, while Yair was part of the new school.
“No, it’s not that I didn’t like it. But, what is (the) new school? What are you throwing new kicks? Are you throwing new punches? Throwing anything that Bruce Lee hasnt,” expressed Stephens.
From that point, Jeremy expressed his veteran status in the game, flexed his highlight reel, and told the media his plans with Rodriguez.
“You’re 24. You are a young kid. You got a long way to go and a bright future. It’s gonna be f***ked up when I knock you out and who knows if you’re even going to return from that,” declared Stephens.
Stephens finished by stating how he plans on not just winning. But, be plans on doing so in highlight fashion. Embarrassing the youthful Yair in front of his country in a highlight that would be collected to Stephen’s self-proclaimed impressive highlights.
Embracing the culture and the altitude, Stephens can’t wait to put on a show. Unluckily for Rodriguez, if Stephen’s plan goes accordingly, Yair could be seeing that show replayed for years and year.