UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens has made the most of his opportunities in the 145-pound weight class thus far. The former lightweight went through a pretty rough stretch in 2011-12 where he lost three bouts in a row and had a well-publicized issue with the police in Minnesota. He has completely turned it around since then though, winning three bouts in a row at featherweight, and is set to take on Cub Swanson in the main event of a UFC Fight Night event in San Antonio next month.
According to Stephens (via Bleacher Report), a win in that bout could earn him a title shot:
"Lining this fight up, we were told it's a four-man tourney: Cub vs. myself and [Chad] Mendes vs. [champion Jose] Aldo, winners meet for a championship bout at the end of the year," Stephens said. "I don't really have anything to think or worry about other than putting all of my focus on this fight, then everything will fall in its place. The opportunity means the world and I'm not taking my dream for granted."
Stephens (23-9, 10-8 UFC) is currently ranked at number 10 in the official UFC rankings while his opponent sits in the four spot. The San Antonio show goes down on June 28th in the AT&T Center.