Over the past few months it appeared as though the upcoming fight between UFC lightweights Jeremy Stephens and Donald Cerrone was all about business. In general, both men are known more for communicating with their fists inside the cage rather than trash-talk outside of it though neither has ever been afraid to speak his mind either. However, things remained civil during the build to their UFC on Fuel 3 co-headliner, or at least they did until this weekend when Cerrone took aim at Stephens’ skill-level in an interview with UFC cameras.
“He’s a pretty good striker…okay wrestler, not very good on the ground…not like he’s well-rounded…he’s well-rounded for sh*tty guys, sure,” said Cerrone of the 20-7 Stephens. “He’s not very good, no.”
Adding some credit to Cerrone’s assessment, fourteen of Stephens’ wins have involved a strike-based stoppage while nearly half of his losses have involved a submission. Then again, with wins over Sam Stout and Cole Miller, as well as a razor-thin decision defeat to Anthony Pettis in his previous outing, Cerrone’s criticism is not necessarily fair either.
Check out Cerrone’s full take on Stephens below:
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