UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens plans drop to featherweight in 2013

Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

With his lightweight career stagnating (if not outright regressing), UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens is planning a weight-class change in 2013.

Following a 3rd straight loss, UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens is planning a move to Metro featherweight for the first time in his career. MMA Junkie has the details:

Longtime lightweight Jeremy Stephens will change things up after the calendar turns with a drop to featherweight.

The fighter recently announced the planned change of divisions on Twitter, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed news of the switch with Stephens' manager, Ryan Hass.

Stephens is just 7-8 in the UFC and just on that alone is quite fortunate to still be in the organization. His most recent loss came two weeks ago in Seattle when veteran Yves Edwards gave him his first ever knockout loss. Stephens hasn't won since he took a decision over Danny Downes in June 2011. His 2012 has seen him lose twice in lopsided fashion, as well as arrested in Minnesota -- the day he was scheduled to compete against Edwards at UFC on FX 5 -- on an Iowa warrant for assault charges.

As far as his featherweight move? He will first do a test cut next month and according to Stephens' manager, they are looking for a fight by March.

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