Jeremy Stephens feels he psychologically broke Renan Barao at UFC Battle Night 88
Jeremy Stephens is one of the heaviest hitters in the lower weight classes, a man who's gone toe-to-toe with the very best of them in a UFC stint which goes back almost a year.
He likewise believes he broke Barao's will in the latter's featherweight launching, making the difference in Stephens' unanimous choice win in Las Vegas.
" He's quite tough, he took a great deal of huge shots this evening, shots I put people out with," said Stephens (25-12). "But yeah I seem like psychologically I did break him in the Octagon, the game plan was to put it on him, move forward, pressure, pressure, pressure, and he didn't have the cardio tonight to keep up."
Stephens mentioned that he wasn't able to do exactly what T.J. Dillashaw did too Barao two times at 135, which is surface Barao.
" Yeah TJ Dillashaw, another great previous champ, he just put it on him, didn't enable himself to be bullied and utilizes a lot of swift strategies and he broke Barao," Stephens stated. It simply goes to reveal that the true champ Barao is."
For his part, Stephens, who has been through numerous ups and downs in his UFC stint, said he put himself into Barao's state of mind as he approached the battle, which proved to be a winning mental method.
" I actually put myself in Barao's shoes this camp," Stephens said. "Me and my team had a tremendous game plan and we just wanted to enter into that beast mode tonight."