This Saturday June 28th, the UFC will be holding two events in one weekend. The first, a UFC Fight Night from New Zealand, held only on UFC Fight Pass, and featuring a middleweight bout between James Te Huna and Nate Marquardt.
The second event of the weekend is yet another UFC Fight Night, this one will take place in San Antonio Texas. With a main event between two top featherweight contenders in Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens. This fight, although taking place in one of the lightest divisions in the UFC, has been highly touted as the kind of barn-burner fight that can only end in violence. Both Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens are two of the most creative and gifted knockout artists in the UFC despite neither of them even hitting the 170 pound mark.
In an ever evolving sport, Cub Swanson has looked impressive in his UFC career. Allowing himself to stay ahead of the curve, he has put together a notable 5 fight win streak in the featherweight division. He has knocked out 4 of his last 5 opponents and has put in some beautiful performances, mixing a unique blend of originality an lethality to dispatch his adversaries. Overall, Swanson sits at 5-1 in the UFC, with his only loss coming by way of submission to Ricardo Lamas. The Lamas loss was almost three years ago and, frankly, since then, Swanson has looked unstoppable.
Unstoppable, a word that doesn’t seem to phase the likes of Jeremy Stephens, who makes a habit out of stopping his opponents with his jaw-breaking punching power. Stephens is a UFC veteran who fought most of his career at lightweight. Owner of 18 UFC fights with 15 of those at 155 pounds. The move to featherweight came in May of 2013, less than a year ago. After six years at lightweight and a 7-8 record, Stephens decided to make a drastic move and try and turn his career around. Admirably, he recognized that, at 7-8, he wasn’t much closer to a title than when he entered the UFC, and decided to do something about it.
Moving to featherweight less than a year ago and Stephens is 3-0 with a brutal knockout over Rony Jason. Though Swanson is a definite step up in competition, the win over Elkins is, without a doubt his biggest win to date. A win over Swanson would be a huge feather in Stephens’ cap and he could be looking at a potential title shot should he win, especially because the current featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, has already cleaned out the current top 5 and owns a 2009 knockout win over Swanson.
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