After their first fight ended in controversy, Jeremy Stephens believes his rematch against Yair Rodriguez is personal and looks to make a statement on Oct. 18.
"I see myself brutally putting this guy’s lights out," Stephens told theScore. "I’m not going to just whoop his ass, its bad intentions every shot. I see his jaw broken and him on the canvas, really waking up into a reality."
Stephens (28-16, NC) didn't take kindly to Rodriguez's assessment that he wanted out of the fight after he was poked in the eye and couldn't continue. The 33-year-old believes "El Pantera" is delusional and looks to hammer that point home with his fists.
"I think right now Yair Rodriguez lives in a fantasy world and I’m going to f---ing knock his ass out and bring him back out into reality. This kid needs an ass whooping, I want to give it to him. I can’t wait to put my hands on him. Everything I throw is going to be throw to kill."
UFC on ESPN: Weidman vs. Reyes takes place Oct. 18 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Stephens faces Rodriguez in the co-main event.
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