A pivotal featherweight affair has been named the main event for the UFC’s debut in San Antonio, TX. on June 28. The two men in question are #11 ranked Jeremy Stephens and #4 ranked Cub Swanson, two featherweights who have impressed in their last few Octagon appearances.
Stephens has gone 3-0 since making the move down from lightweight, defeating Estevan Payan, Rony Jason and Darren Elkins in impressive fashion. With the latter of the three being a ranked 145-pounder, Stephens has established himself as a top contender in the featherweight division and a win over Swanson could potentially be enough to get him a shot at Aldo’s title.
Swanson, like Stephens, has the sort of knockout power to finish anyone at featherweight and this makes him a threat to any opponent he faces. Since losing his UFC debut to top ranked Ricardo Lamas, Swanson has won five in a row – four of which being finishes – and has beat named fighters such as Ross Pearson, Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver. If Swanson can make it seven in a row, there is no question that he will be more than deserving of a title shot, though with the wealth of contenders in the 145lbs division, it is difficult to promise this.
The fight has been announced via UFC on FOX’s Twitter account, and will likely serve as a number 1 contender fight for Swanson, though the conditions are yet to be confirmed regarding Stephens. However a win for Stephens would still be huge and separate him from a ton of talented featherweights fighting for a title shot this year.
— UFCONFOX (@UFCONFOX) March 19, 2014