5 Feb 2009 08:51:29 AM
(Stephens works for a guillotine against Spencer Fisher at the TUF 7 Finale.)
On Saturday night, Des Moines, Iowa’s Jeremy Stephens will step in to the Octagon to take the place of his friend and training partner, Hermes Franca, in a main event bout against Joe Lauzon. Things got personal between Franca and Lauzon in an internet forum feud, so it seems only fitting that a friend of Franca be the one to replace him in an attempt to win bragging rights for his side.
In our exclusive interview Stephens talks about what this fight means, how it will be won, and what’s next for the “Lil’ Heathen” in the UFC.
CagePotato.com: You’re stepping in for Hermes Franca on somewhat short notice, but you were training with him to help him prepare for Lauzon, right?
Yeah. I was down in South Beach training with him, and in Ft. Lauderdale, as well. I travel a lot to train.
How did you guys get hooked up? And is that why the UFC asked you to step in for him, because you guys were training partners?
No, we have the same manager. My manager, when he mentioned that he had Hermes, I said, ‘He’s a great fighter. I’d love to train with him.’ And when he told Hermes that he had signed me, Hermes said he had a fight coming up and he was going out to San Diego to train and since I had a fight coming up too we connected out there and started training together.
But when he got hurt I actually called up my manager, Reed Wallace, and requested the fight with Joe Lauzon.
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