Jeremy Stephens has his eyes on the prize and according to Stephens, if he beats Cub Swanson this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 44 then he will get a title shot against Featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
“I’ve been told that (the winner gets a title shot), but nothing’s ever for sure,” Stephens said. “It’s all based on performance, but with this fight matchup, I don’t think performance is going to be much of a disappointment.”
Jeremy Stephens (23-9) Has 15 knockouts, 3 submissions and 5 decision victories in his MMA career.
“I think this fight just screams ‘Performance’ and ‘Fight of the Night’ and probably ‘Fight of the Year’ all over it. I think both of our styles match up in that particular manner. We’re going to go in there, and we’re going to slug it out.”
The longtime fighter has been with the UFC since May / 26 / 2007. In his last seven fights he is 4-3.
“I would like to face Aldo because he has been that dominant champion,” Stephens said. “He has been that guy that people look up to and want to take it from, and they just haven’t been able to do it. It would mean a little bit more to me if he did keep that belt and then I went in there and beat or knocked him out and be the guy to do it. It would mean a little bit more to me, but in the long run, it’s out of my control.”
In his last five he is 3-2, in his last three fights he is 3-0 coming into this fight with Club Swanson.
UFC Fight Night 44 goes down this Saturday night on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass and to the fight the big fights on the main card that airs on Fox Sports 1. The headlining fight is Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens, the co-main event is Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke. The event airs from San Antonio’s AT&T Center. The show starts with Anthony Hamilton vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk on Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET. Then switching to Fox Sports 1 with Ryan Benoit vs. Ray Borg at 8:00.PM.ET and then starting the real fights with the main card at 10 p.m. ET with Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Ellenberger kicks off the main card. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.