Jeremy Stephens plans drop to UFC's featherweight division in early 2013

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FastKnockout
12/20/12 9:52:40AM
Longtime lightweight Jeremy Stephens will change things up after the calendar turns with a drop to featherweight. The fighter recently announced the plans, which MMAjunkie.com confirmed with his manager.

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airkerma
12/20/12 10:02:09AM
that seems like a hell of a weight cut. I'm not so sure this is a great idea.

edit: upon reviewing his record this may not be such a bad idea. It buys him another chance to fight in the UFC when typically he would be cut. It looks like he may just go the road of Joe Daddy and Griffin: drop to feather, get one more shot, lose, pink slip. I feel a bit bad for him but then again I never really got over him KOing Davis.
sparky
12/20/12 11:37:39AM
2013 is going to be the year we see a lot of fighters making the cut to get as much of an advantage as they can.
BuffaloDave
12/20/12 1:59:39PM
Definitely seems like it would be a rough cut for him.
frizzzlecake
12/20/12 2:08:49PM
everyone's moving a divison, just like everyone's switching to metro.
tcunningham
12/20/12 3:58:07PM
this is good. he was never a big LW anyway. i think he could be a force at FW
UFC_Fanatic
12/22/12 2:41:35AM

Posted by tcunningham

this is good. he was never a big LW anyway. i think he could be a force at FW



Agreed. Probably going to have the most punching power of anyone at FW as well. I can't think of a guy off the top of my head who has more one punch KO power than him in that division.
MMAcca
12/22/12 8:04:40AM

Posted by UFC_Fanatic


Posted by tcunningham

this is good. he was never a big LW anyway. i think he could be a force at FW



Agreed. Probably going to have the most punching power of anyone at FW as well. I can't think of a guy off the top of my head who has more one punch KO power than him in that division.



I think it's worth a try making the cut, but i see him going the Ross Pearson route and struggling with the speed difference and loss of strength/power.