Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens (20-6) recently released a series of YouTube videos documenting his preparation for UFC 136 where he will square off with former WEC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (11-2). The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, October 8th in Houston, TX. As of now the bout will air and can be seen for free live on Spike TV.
The YouTube videos shows Stephens working on every facet of the sport as UFC 136 is now less than two weeks away. In the latest episode, the heavy handed fighter can be heard exclaiming, “There’s no weakness in my heart, I’m a true (expletive) champion. I’ve fought tougher guys. Working too hard, too hard. Can’t stop me. I’m a (expletive) monster, I’m in the best camp of my life baby,” as he runs circles around the gym with beads of sweat running down his face.
In another video he expresses an obvious dislike for his popular opponent who was featured in an episode of MTV’s World of Jenks. Jeremy looks into the camera and says, “Come October 8th I’m going to beat the (expletive) out of Pettis – Knock him off his little pedestal, his little whatever the (expletive) he thinks he’s on. Just expose this chump. Take him out in graceful fashion in the way I like to call a vicious KO.”
“Lil Heathen” is coming off two straight victories over Danny Downes and Marcus Davis. As for his opponent, Pettis is trying to bounce back from a tough decision loss to Clay Guida in his UFC debut that also cost him his title shot at the winner of Frank Edgar’s upcoming fight with Gray Maynard.
Stephens will have his hands full with the Roufusport fighter who trains with Duke Roufus in Milwaukee. Pettis is undoubtedly an entertaining Fighter and a fan favorite for his thrilling kicks and flashy moves. He has excellent stand up, a strong ground game, and poses a huge submission threat off his back. This will be a fight to keep your eye on as both fighters jockey for position in the stacked lightweight division.
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MMATraining Take: The harsh and unprovoked words for Pettis seem to be a bit more personal then trying to hype the fight. Another lightweight fighter, Gray Maynard also expressed his dislike for the newcomer several months back. “Showtime” however seems to be taking the high road as he remains quiet and will do his talking when the two meet in the octagon come October 8th.