UFC Veteran Jeremy Stephens Signs with Professional Fighters League
Jeremy Stephens was not free for long.
The 34-year-old UFC veteran announced during an appearance on “The MMA Hour” that he signed with the Professional Fighters League with the intention of competing in the lightweight division during the 2022 season of the offer, which is scheduled to begin in April. Stephens did not rule out the possibility of competing in other weight classes for future PFL seasons. It was revealed last week that Stephens chose not to re-sign with the UFC after a long tenure that began in 2007.
“It’s a great organization, the fighters there, the fights, the potential,” Stephens said. “They will pay me a little more than the UFC, and I have a chance at a million dollars, something that is possible, which I really love. Maybe go there, earn that million dollars and I like the fact that they fight back, month after month. I’m not getting younger. I like to fight all the time. I do not like to sit and wait for opponents six months later. “I prefer to compete once every three months.”
Stephens will enter the PFL with a six-match winless streak dating back to July 2018. “Lil Heathen” last appeared in the UFC on ESPN 26, where he suffered a first-round defeat by Mateusz Gamrot last July. . Stephens’s record includes victories over Josh Emmett, Doo Ho Choi, Gilbert Melendez, Renan Barao, Darren Elkins, Dennis Bermudez and Rafael dos Anjos, to name a few.