Jeremy Stephens Says He’ll Fight ‘Ducking’ Brian Ortega At His Mom’s House

Will Stephens and Ortega ever cross paths?

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Jeremy Stephens had an opportunity to compete for his first UFC title of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career this past weekend (Sat. July 7, 2018), but top-ranked Brian Ortega threw a wrench in those plans.

Stephens was called upon by UFC officials when featherweight champion Max Holloway was forced out of his UFC 226 co-headliner against Brian Ortega. “Blessed” was suffering from some scary concussion-like symptoms and was thus removed from the bout.

Ortega was offered an interim title fight against Stephens, who agreed to take the bout on short notice. The timing couldn’t have been better for Stephens, who was already in a training camp in preparation for his fight against Jose Aldo at UFC on FOX 30 on July 28th.

Instead, “T-City” opted to wait for a healthy Holloway rather than fight “Lil Heathen” on short notice. Stephens joined Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show earlier this week to discuss the situation, and said he was 100 percent ready to fight (quotes via MMA Mania):

“It’s really not my concern what that guy does. I stepped up and he stepped back. It is what it is, what can I do about it? I don’t want to sit here and talk about the guy, I really don’t know him personally,” he said.

“I am willing to fight and all I know is that this is the third time that my name has been in his ear. He has seen me fight a lot, in the front row, and seen me knock a ************ out. I mean, you tell me.”

Stephens was asked if he thinks Ortega is doing as much as possible to avoid a fight with him. His answer – “facts, bro”:

“Those are facts, bro. Deny all you want, he stepped back and I stepped up. They said they were going to fight somebody else, Frankie, and I said take it and then they called it off,” he said.

Should Holloway not be ready to jump back into action anytime soon, Stephens is ready to give things with Ortega another shot. As a matter of fact, he’d be willing to throw down in Ortega’s home state of California at UFC 227 in August:

“I told Dana that I will go to that kid’s mama’s house in L.A. and fight him in his front yard. I’ll fight him August 4, why not? Jose Aldo lost two title fights, he is out. I’ve been in the sport 11 years, putting on dominant performances, why not give him to me right now? Let’s set it up for September 8,” said.

“This kid is ducking me. Whether I fight Jose or not, they can pull me off this card and I will fight this kid in L.A. on August 4. I will go to his backyard, fight him there and pull his gangster card. I saw on Embedded where he is talking about he used to show up to domes and bar fights where you look at a guy, you are the same weight and you fought.

“Well I don’t know if he was there with his little jiu-jitsu crew watching guys like me who actually stepped up and fought grown men when I was 16 years old and I wasn’t even supposed to be there. That was me, I was really living that type of life. I do this **** for fun, because I love it,” concluded a fired-up Stephens.”

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Jeremy Stephens Calls Out Brian Ortega For Ducking Him

The UFC featherweight title fight at UFC 226 had an opportunity to be saved, but that’s not how things played out. Originally the event was set to be co-headlined by UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway defending his title against Brian Ortega…

The UFC featherweight title fight at UFC 226 had an opportunity to be saved, but that’s not how things played out. Originally the event was set to be co-headlined by UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway defending his title against Brian Ortega. Unfortunately “Blessed” was forced out of the fight after showing some scary concussion like […]

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Brian Ortega Wants Featherweight Title Vacated Due To Holloway ‘Water Poisoning’

Brian Ortega has his own plan for the future of the featherweight division.

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Weight cutting continues to be a hot topic in MMA circles.

Whether it was Michael Chiesa nearly dying in his attempt to make the non-title lightweight limit of 156 pounds at UFC 226, or the revelation that featherweight champion Max “Blessed” Holloway would not be competing at the same event, it would seem the UFC has a real problem with its athletes cutting far to much weight.

Holloway would be removed from the co-main event last Saturday night (July 7th, 2018) for what was thought to be concussion-like symptoms. Now, just three short days later, a new theory has emerged, that of ‘water poisoning’ due to Holloway consuming too much water.

“We heard that he was water loading, which is super dangerous,” UFC President Dana White told Kevin Iole. “When you water load, and I didn’t know this for those of you out there that might not know, either, there is such thing as water poisoning. And you can actually drink too much water and die from it.”

The removal of Holloway left the No. 1-ranked Brian Ortega opponent-less for UFC 226. Albeit, he had some suiters, namely Jeremy Stephens and Frankie Edgar both nearly stepped in to challenge the jiu-jitsu ace. Ortega untimely decided to wait for his title shot, a decision that has garnered some pushback from fans.

With the champions immediate future uncertain, Ortega revealed on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” a potential solution to this unfortunate situation.

“From what I’m getting now, they said that Max might not fight for a long time, and he might not even fight 145. So I told them then, make the belt vacant and then I’ll fight whoever you guys want me to fight ASAP. I’ll fight them at UFC 227 here in Staples (Center in Los Angeles) but let’s get that situated.”

Let us know what you think. Is stripping Max Holloway of the featherweight title the way to go?

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Jeremy Stephens Blasts Brian Ortega: ‘Shut The F*ck up & Fight’

Jeremy Stephens is ripping Brian Ortega for not taking a last-minute fight with him at UFC 226. Ortega was scheduled to challenge UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the co-main event of UFC 226. Holloway was forced to pull out due to concussion…

Jeremy Stephens is ripping Brian Ortega for not taking a last-minute fight with him at UFC 226. Ortega was scheduled to challenge UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the co-main event of UFC 226. Holloway was forced to pull out due to concussion-like symptoms. The UFC tried to put together a bout between Ortega and […]

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The UFC Should Not Rush Max Holloway Back To The Octagon

The MMA Gods struck again earlier this week when UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway — who was scheduled to defend his title against challenger Brian Ortega in the co-main event of this Saturday night’s UFC 226 megacard in Las Vegas &#8…

The MMA Gods struck again earlier this week when UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway — who was scheduled to defend his title against challenger Brian Ortega in the co-main event of this Saturday night’s UFC 226 megacard in Las Vegas — was removed from the event due to health concerns. A combination of a concussion […]

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Dana White Details Timeline For ‘Not Fine’ Max Holloway’s UFC Return

This doesn’t sound like the best news for Max Holloway…

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The MMA world was dealt some disappointing news late last night when it was revealed that UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had been forced out of his anticipated title bout versus Brian Ortega in the co-main event of this weekend’s (Sat., July 7, 2018) UFC 226 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Blessed” was diagnosed with concerning concussion-like symptoms, making two trips to the hospital after pulling out of an unprecedented third title fight in 2018 only seven months into the year. Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping was one of the first to notice Holloway’s symptoms and publicly say something, questioning “Blessed’s” health during an interview on last night’s UFC Tonight.

The UFC tried to find a replacement opponent for Ortega on short notice, but “T-City” understandably wouldn’t fight unless it was for the title, so the UFC reportedly tried to book former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar opposite surging featherweight Jeremy Stephens, but “The Answer” simply couldn’t make it in time.

So UFC 226 was left without its awaited featherweight title fight, but more importantly, Holloway was left with some serious questions about his health. Speaking up about the sensitive topic at today’s UFC 226 pre-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting), UFC President Dana White discussed Holloway’s health and when he may return to fighting while noting that “Blessed” clearly wasn’t fine like he said he was:

“It’s a weird situation. I was talking to Jeff Novitzky in the back and there’s a couple of different — some people think it’s concussion-related and some people think it’s weight cut-related, so they haven’t really got down to the bottom of what it is. But according to him he feels fine but obviously he’s not fine. So we’re going to continue to try to figure out what’s wrong with Max Holloway.

“In the meantime, there’s no way that this guy is going to fight anytime soon.”

White dove into detail about exactly what measures the UFC was taking to find out what was wrong with one of their previously most active champions, confirming they would go to any length to figure out a solution:

“We’re running him through every test there is. … He needs go to the Mayo Clinic or one of these types of places and do a full — yes, we will take care of Max Holloway and he’ll go through every type of testing there is until we can figure out what’s wrong with him.”

The outspoken exec also discussed Stephens’ insistence to fight on the card, but with Ortega officially off of UFC 226, he said something else would have to be figured out:

“Literally, Jeremy Stephens will not stop blowing me up, he wants this fight so bad, he said he’ll take it on short notice,” White said. “He’s cutting weight already with the hopes that Ortega will accept the fight. Ortega has turned down the fight, so I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”

Finally, with high-profile UFC main events seemingly affected by weight-cutting issues, injury, or both every pay-per-view event, White discussed the measures the UFC had taken to prevent that from happening at their Las Vegas-based Performance Institute, but it was impossible to fully prevent it:

“It’s impossible. It’s impossible to ensure what happened to Holloway doesn’t happen. Listen, you’re dealing with human beings. People get sick, things happen, it’s unfortunate, but it happens. There’s nothing we can do about it.

“We’ve done everything you could possibly try to do to make these guys healthier, to give them a safer place to train, eat the right foods, we have a restaurant at the PI where they can eat for free and we’ve done everything that we can possibly do to try and limit this.”

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