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Watch: “Hardest Hitting 145er” Jeremy Stephens Fights At UFC 215, And His Highlights Are Terrifying

Knockout specialist Jeremy Stephens suffered a TKO of his own this time last year.

At the UFC 205 press conference, the otherwise quiet Stephens found his voice and attempted to get his name into the conversation when Conor McGregor was asked who would give him the hardest fight from those on stage.

“Right here! Right here, the hardest-hitting 145-pounder. Right here. This guy TKOs people. When I knock people out they don’t fucking move.”

McGregor’s response has since become iconic, with Stephens becoming the butt of many a joke.

Inside the Octagon however, ‘Lil Heathen’ is far from a joke.

The 31-year-old faces Gilbert Melendez at UFC 215 this weekend, and it’s worth reminding ourselves why Stephens is so confident in his sixteen knockout victories.

A UFC veteran since 2007, Stephens knocked out former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos just a year into his tenure with the organisation. It took Eddie Alvarez a sustained barrage to finish RDA last summer, but this time around it took just one unmerciful uppercut.

The heavy-handed American showcased more of his disturbing power in 2011 against Marcus Davis.

After three losses in a row and a successful debut at featherweight, Stephens took on Rony Jason in 2013, and sent the Brazilian into 3013.

Stephens traded some more wins and losses after that victory, but proved against Dennis Bermudez at the legendary UFC 189 pay-per-view that he can beat anyone on his day.

His first real chance at title contention came against Max Holloway at UFC 194, though he came up short against the now-145lb. champion. A nice win over Renan Barao set him on course for a showdown with another perennial contender in Frankie Edgar.

The striker was unsuccessful in losing by decision, but he did have his moments.

We definitely know who that guy is.

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