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Jeremy Stephens has learned a valuable lesson about interrupting Conor McGregor

“Who the f**k is that guy?”

UFC 194 Mixed Martial Arts UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens. Source: John Locher

IT SEEMS LIKE almost every fighter in the UFC is interested in a lucrative bout with Conor McGregor these days, and Jeremy Stephens is no different.

Stephens, who’s ranked seventh in the UFC’s featherweight division, will face Frankie Edgar at UFC 205 in New York on 12 November — a card which will be headlined by featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s lightweight title challenge against Eddie Alvarez.

A press conference to promote the event took place tonight at Madison Square Garden and it featured most of the card’s biggest stars, including Alvarez, McGregor and Stephens.

As you’d expect, the majority of the questions from the journalists in attendance were directed at McGregor, but Stephens decided to interject and answer on the Dubliner’s behalf when he was asked which of the fighters on stage would give him the toughest challenge.

Stephens, who clearly saw it as an opportunity to put himself on the radar of the UFC’s biggest star, said: “Right here! Right here, the hardest-hitting 145-pounder. Right here. This guy TKOs people. When I knock people out they don’t fucking move.”

Much to the amusement of the fans in attendance, a confused McGregor then responded: “Who the fuck is that guy?”

Source: Chad Lykins/YouTube

Stephens (25-12) made his UFC debut way back in 2007 and has tasted victory over the likes of Cole Miller, Rafael Dos Anjos and Dennis Bermudez.

The 30-year-old rebounded from last December’s defeat to Max Holloway by scoring a unanimous-decision win against former bantamweight champion Renan Barao in May.

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