A lot happened this past Tuesday at the UFC 205 Press Conference in New York, but there was one fighter exchange that happened that was remembered above all others. That exchange took place between UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor and a fellow featherweight in Jeremy Stephens.
The war of words began when a reporter asked McGregor which fighter currently on the panel would provide him with the biggest test, which caused Stephens to say that it would be him, which would then lead to McGregor saying “who the f*ck is this guy?” That comment from McGregor was preceded by Stephens talking about how he gets knockouts while McGregor gets TKO’s, the verbal battle between the two would go on.
Stephens, after the press conference, spoke with Brian Stann and the Toe 2 Toe Podcast about the verbal jabs with McGregor.
"It's kind of sad because I really couldn't hear exactly what he was saying throughout the press conference, or what anybody was saying. I couldn't hear what Donald Cerrone was saying and he was right next to me. I wanted to jump in a little bit more and create that buzz because there's a lot of buzz around McGregor and I wanted to steal that thunder but I also didn't want to sound like an idiot because I couldn't hear exactly what he was saying. When we got into it, it is what it is. He knows exactly who I am. I've fought on his cards before and had some nasty knockouts. It's only a matter of time but right now my 100% focus is on Frankie Edgar. An exciting win, a great knockout, a highlight win puts me right in the mix for that title shot. You never know, there could be some injuries or whatnot and I'd gladly be the guy to step up and put on a show for the New York fans."
Stephens will face Frankie Edgar, and McGregor will take on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on November 12 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.