UFC 205’s Jeremy Stephens on Edgar: I’m going to ‘put a whoppin’ on him’

MMA veteran Jeremy Stephens is looking to add another former UFC champion to his hit list at UFC 205.

‘Lil’ Heathen’ beat former bantamweight title holder Renan Barao in his last fight and the Californian is looking to ‘put a whoopin’ on’ ex-lightweight champ, Frankie Edgar on tonight’s stacked preliminary card.

Stephens spoke to MMA Junkie earlier today and said he’s confident about beating any of the top featherweight competitors, including current interim champ Jose Aldo.

“Let’s get one thing correct: I called them,” Stephens said. “I called them. I wanted this fight. I let them know, him, Jose (Aldo), anybody at the top can get it, man. That’s a real statement.”

“I’m just focused on this fight,” Stephens said. “Winning this fight creates a lot of opportunities. That being said, everything else is irrelevant. Frankie Edgar has my full attention. My focus is dialed it. Come Saturday night, I’m going to put the pain on him and put a whoopin’ on him.”

Edgar, 35, lost in his second featherweight championship bout against ‘Scarface’ at UFC 200. It’s the second time he’s lost to Aldo, and ‘The Answer’ likely has a long road back to title contention.

Stephens, 30, hasn’t watched any tape on Edgar but is going into UFC 205 with a gameplan prepared by his coaches.

“I didn’t watch any tape on him,” Stephens said. “That’s not my job. That’s my coaches’ job. They’ve watched tape and studied him, and we bring in a gameplan. We work on things he’s good at and his weaknesses. Other than that, we’re doing us.”

UFC 205, which features Edgar vs. Stephens as the final bout of the prelims, takes place later tonight, Nov. 12, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.