UFC’s Jeremy Stephens To Brian Ortega, ‘Shut The F*ck Up And Fight Me’

UFC's Jeremy Stephens To Brian Ortega
UFC's Jeremy Stephens To Brian Ortega

EXCLUSIVE. Jeremy Stephens has a message for Brian Ortega after the UFC star wouldn’t take him on in a replacement fight at UFC 226 this weekend: “F*ck you, bitch!”.

After Max Holloway pulled out of his bout with Ortega this weekend after presenting concussion-like symptoms, Dana White offered the fight to Stephens – but, Brian turned it down because of the short notice.

That has Jeremy livid … with the fighter saying Ortega cares more about his hair than actually getting in the Octagon.

“I keep telling this kid, man, if you want to make money, and you want to make a name for yourself and you want to be a champion … you have to fight,” Stephens says.

“Like shut the f*ck up and fight. Ain’t nobody caring about your hair, ain’t nobody caring about what type of flying moves you’re doing. I don’t give two sh*ts what you do, let’s fight.”

Ortega reportedly is holding out for Holloway to get better, so he can fight for the title – but, Stephens says he’s ready for the scrap anytime and anyplace.

“If you’re a fighter and you’re really a true champion, it’s only a matter of time until you face me.”

Brain Ortega is 'definitely not fighting' at UFC 226, manager says

Brain Ortega is ‘definitely not fighting’ at UFC 226, manager says

There will be no featherweight title fight at UFC 226.

Brian Ortega’s manager Ed Soares informed the media the undefeated Los Angeles native will not be fighting on Saturday’s card in Las Vegas despite an attempt to find a last-minute opponent.

Ed Soares, Ortega manager, says his fighter is definitely not fighting Saturday.

While Holloway was certainly off the card, there was speculation UFC would find a replacement fighter to face Oretga, potentially for an interim title.

Stephens has spent several months publicly challenging T-City, but Ortega has avoided the matchup in pursuit of a shot at a title fight.

UFC 226: Holloway out with concussion like symptoms; Ortega’s card status uncertain.

With Holloway’s status unclear and White’s predicted timetable, a UFC 227 card featuring Ortega-Holloway at the Staples Center, a homecoming for Ortega, August 4 also seems unlikely.

Josh Emmett: ‘They can’t deny me a title shot’ with win over Jeremy Stephens

Emmett has won both of his fights since dropping down to the featherweight division and, most recently, picked up the biggest win of his career with a highlight reel knockout of perennial contender Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FOX 26 back in December.

Following the win, Emmett called for a fight with fellow surging prospect Brian Ortega and that didn’t come to fruition.

Emmett feels like he got the better of the deal booking this fight with Stephens, an over 40-fight veteran.

“If I got that Ortega fight and everything went well, I got the win, I could just hear it now; I could hear people saying, well, he’s only had five fights, he’s somewhat green, his biggest win was against Cub Swanson, which is a great fighter. But, with Jeremy Stephens, I go in there, perform well and beat him, they can not deny me, in my opinion, a title shot. He’s fought a who’s who, he’s fought everyone and he’s beat good fighters. Stephens is a tough, durable veteran and I think a win over him would be that much better on my record, and in my career.”

After losing back-to-back fights to Frankie Edgar and Renato Moicano, Stephens has bounced back with a much more technical and patient, although still very damaging, style to pick up a unanimous decision win over Gilbert Melendez and a second-round knockout of Doo Ho Choi.

“I’ve been a fan of MMA since I was 16 years old. I’ve watched him and I like his fighting style, which is very similar to mine. He has a wrestling background but he keeps pressing forward, he’s always looking for the finish. He’s looked good as of late. But for me, because he has been in these types of wars, he has over 40 pro fights, and even though he’s a little younger than I am, I think he has a lot of miles on those tires.”

“I feel like I’m the best fighter on the planet and I just want to win. That’s all I ever want. I honestly think a good performance and a win over him, I will get a title shot. And I know Edgar and Ortega are fighting the following weekend. I’m OK with that. The winner of that fight will fight Max Holloway most likely. But I’m OK sitting sidelines and waiting for the winner of whatever happens. With a big win, I do feel my next fight will be for the title. Not saying directly to the champion, but my next fight will be for the title.”

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