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Jeremy Stephens On Channeling His Fear Ahead of UFC Fight Night 124

January 12, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Jeremy Stephens spoke with MMAjunkie ahead of his fight with Dooho Choi at UFC Fight Night 124. Highlights are below:

On channeling his anxieties inside the cage: “I want to beat your ass, I want to bust your head open, I want to brutally knock you out, I want to hit you again when you’re down. Why? Because I know what you signed up for. Since I was 16, I knew when I signed that dotted line, ‘Yeah, you could get knocked out. You could break your arm.’ I live for that (expletive). That (expletive) scares the (expletive) out of me, but that makes me go out there and perform like a scared tiger. I’m a very ferocious tiger and when you back me into a corner I’m going to strike. I’m going to launch out at you. I’m going to try to take you the (expletive) out. You know what you’re getting with me. You can look at all the tapes, but the one thing you don’t see is my mindset.”

On his approach: “They know what they’re getting with me: They’re getting action-packed, people going to sleep – it’s too-hot for TV type (expletive). I don’t take people lightly in this division or in this sport. I’ve seen the craziest things happen. I’ve seen turds come up off the couch and knock a top-10 guy out. That happens in this sport. I respect my martial arts background. I respect anybody who gets in there. That’s why I’m well prepared. With that said, I’m going to go in there and beat that ass, though. It’s me or him. It’s kill or be killed. I’ve been doing this since I was 16 years old. This isn’t a (expletive) game. I’m for real.”

On Choi: “This kid, he basically has nothing to lose. He can go in there and have a performance. He’s in the situation that I was, and I’ll never forget that. I still enjoy this process. Every time I come to the UFC, it’s still like my first time. These first-time vibes I’m getting. I trust the process now. I’m a lot more experienced. I have a great fight IQ. But all that can go out the window when you’re getting punched in the face.”

On his goals: “I want to make a ton of money and invest in houses and get all that cash flow and all that money working for me. Later on, be a commentator. But all those go out the window. I definitely want to be world champion. Those are all the main goals. But right now, my only focus is very small right now, and that’s on Choi. That’s the only thing I’m thinking about.”