Coming off a 40-second dismantling of TUF: Brazil winner Rony Jason at UFC Fight Night 32 in Brazil earlier this month, Stephens says it’s a rebirth of sorts at featherweight.
“I took everything I’ve learned at 155, wins and losses, and I’ve moved to 145,” Stephens told MMA Fighting. “To me, I’m 2-0 in the UFC. It’s awesome to start over. I couldn’t do it without the help of my team. I’m at 145 to stay. I feel fast, I feel light. It’s just a whole new better me. I’ve worked very hard in the office, I’m always training. I’m always getting better. I’ve grown as a fighter and a human being. I’m getting better every day.”
Jason was 3-0 in the UFC with two finishes until he ran into the “Lil’ Heathen.”
“Rony Jason reminds of me when I first started fighting, very aggressive and strong, with good jiu-jitsu,” he said. “I was able to work on his openings. If you look at my past few fights, you’ll see I’m getting a lot tighter and technical. I was able to capitalize on that, and it landed.”
Stephens is 20-9 overall and 9-8 in the UFC. With so much momentum going, Stephens wants to keep the train rolling.
“I don’t need to call anybody out,” he said. “I’d like to fight again soon. I feel healthy, I feel strong. I’m going to go home, take a few weeks off, spend some times with my family, but I’ll be back to the gym very soon.”