Jeremy Stephens Is Confident Heading into Cub Swanson Fight
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.26.2014
He feels he's just better...
Jeremy Stephens spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 44. Check out the highlights:
On the fight with Swanson: "I feel like my MMA game overall is better. I'm a better wrestler, I'm the more explosive striker, and I can beat him with basics. I can rip his arm off; I can do it all. I've been there, I've fought the top guys, I've been at this level for a long time, I've been a lot more active, and I feel like I'll be the biggest, stronger, faster MMA fighter, and I'll be the better man that night. I can't wait to prove it."
On never doubting himself: "Never have I lost faith, or I just would have given up a while ago or given up in my downtime or given up when I've been down financially. That's never the case, man. Fighting's just something that I've been born to do, bred to do, and it's just something I really love and have a lot of passion about. Fighting's my passion. I really care for it a lot. I love the training, and I love fighting. It's fun, and it comes easy and natural to me. I've never thought about giving up, not one time, and it's all part of the game. It's been a good learning experience,and I've taken a lot from the losses, and it's made me a better man today."
On his striking power: "When you look at my fights and I knock people out, they go out. They have to get woken up. As compared to when he knocks people out, they're just kind of dazed and still wobbly, but they're still up and still conscious. That's not me talking sh-t or anything false, that's an actual true statement. When I knock people out, they're asking, ‘What happened? Did I fight yet?' They're just trying to get their wits about them. It's not a sh-t-talking statement; that's a true statement. It's been proven. I have the more explosive power, and he utilizes a lot of footwork and movement, but I can cut him off and counter him and overall play my game. I feel like if he wants to play the stand-up game, he'll figure out real quick after I hit him one time who the more powerful and explosive striker."
On needing to make a statement for a title shot: "I can knock him out in the first, the third or the fifth round. I feel like I'll be able to do whatever I want. If I want to take it to the mat, I'll take it to the mat. If I want to keep it standing, I can keep it standing. If I'm hitting him that hard and he wants to shoot on my ankles, I'll be able to stuff him, take him down and ground and pound him. He's been submitted in the past, and I feel like I can submit him. I feel like I can rough him up, cut him up, ground and pound him. I can do whatever I want in this fight, and I'm very confident in doing so. I know I can do it. It's getting down to the time where I go out there and shock the world with it."