Jeremy Stephens Discusses His Title Hopes with UFC Fight Night 44 Win
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.24.2014
The winner of main event could receive a title shot…
UFC featherweight fighter Jeremy Stephens recently discussed how he was told by UFC officials that he could expect a title shot with a win over Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 44. Below are some highlights on Stephens talking about his title shot hopes and his upcoming fight with Wanson:
Stephens on being told the winner of this fight will get a title shot: "I've been told that (the winner gets a title shot), but nothing's ever for sure. It's all based on performance, but with this fight matchup, I don't think performance is going to be much of a disappointment. 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."
Stephens on his recent success after moving down to 145: "It's not just the weight cut. It's all the hard work and dedication and persistence that I've been putting in. Even in my down time in the rough couple outings I had at 155, there was a lot of progress in the gym, and I just kind of carried that through and really believed in myself. I made the changes, made the cut and reset goals for myself at 145 pounds."
Stephens on his performances and expecting a fight with a top fighter like Swanson: "I was expecting to fight a top guy. I feel like I'm right there, especially dominating the guys I've been dominating at 145 pounds. I've been beating them pretty easily, as you could say. I don't want to brag or anything, but I've had pretty good, dominant performances. I would say based on my performance that I deserve to fight one of the top guys, and I think if you go down through the list and you go to match me up, why not put this fight on? This fight's definitely a fan favorite, and it's definitely two guys that are incredible athletes, very explosive athletes and very hardworking, dedicated people that are very good at their craft. It's a perfect style matchup."
Stephens on wanting to face Jose Aldo: "I would like to face Aldo because he has been that dominant champion. 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. … Best of luck to both of them guys. The best man will win, and I'll just go ahead and face that winner."