Throughout the years of its existence, as a form of a sport, mixed martial arts has been an overwhelming endeavor for all those who have embraced it. Such was also the case with UFC featherweight contender, Jeremy Stephens. During Stephens’ recent appearance on The Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, the 32-year old spoke, in great detail, about his personal life. Stephens’ last performance came in the form of a technical knockout loss against former UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, in July of 2018.
Following his loss against Aldo, Jeremy Stephens admitted to being disturbed with suicidal thoughts. During his interview on Helwani’s show, he said:
“After the fight, I was looking at my kids who were 9 and 7, and that was when my parents split up when I was 8 years old. I was ready to leave my wife, leave my kids and just leave it all. Thinking suicidal thoughts.”
Leading up to his fight against Aldo at UFC on FOX 30, Stephens was on a three-fight win streak with the UFC. According to a report by Sherdog, Stephens’ episode with suicidal thoughts drove him to seek help from a leadership class at the Choice Center in Las Vegas, on a suggestion by MMA coach, Eric Del Fierro.
“Little did I know, once I got in this program, all I had to do was change my mindset,” Stephens said. “Find some tools, discover a little bit more about myself. Share these things with people so that they can see where I come from and I can also learn from their life experiences.”
Jeremy Stephens is now set to make a return to the Octagon at UFC 235 against fellow featherweight prospect, Zabit Magomedsharipov. Going into this contest, fight fans can be sure to witness an improved arsenal of skills, courtesy of ‘Lil Heathen.’ A win against a top-contender such as Zabit, this coming March 2nd, can be crucial in determining Stephens’ future in the UFC’s featherweight division.