The decision to move down to featherweight from lightweight has come with nothing but success for Jeremy Stephens through three fights.
Stephens will put that win streak on the line Saturday night against Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 44. With a win, he believes a title shot will come his way – and also feels he is ready to win the belt.
“I can adapt to anyone’s style in the division,” said Stephens, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I’m strong and fast and just as explosive, and feel like I have the power to knock out the champion.”
Stephens (23-9) earned a decision over Estevan Payan last year in his debut at 145 pounds, following that up with a 40-second knockout of former Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Rony Jason. He secured his position as a future contender by defeating Darren Elkins in January.
“I feel like I’m a completely different fighter,” Stephens said. “You have to be willing to evolve and adapt. I’m a lot more powerful at 145 pounds.”
With Swanson, Stephens will be facing a fighter with exceptional speed and power, as well. However, he feels the strength still sides with him.
“I think I can dominate him in all areas,” he said. “I feel like I’m the better overall MMA fighter and I have the power on the feet. I just have to go out there and prove it.”
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