Jeremy Stephens has seen his UFC career reborn in the featherweight division, and he might be one win away from a title fight. The Iowa native is 3-0 since he dropped down to 145 and earned a headliner spot at next weekend's UFC Fight Night: San Antonio card where he'll meet Cub Swanson. He was recently a guest on The Great Debate podcast and spoke about his opponent, giving a good description of how and why he thinks he has more power with his striking (via Fox Sports):
"I have the striking advantage with the power," Stephens said. "He TKO's people, but when I knock people out they don't move, they don't get up. Their corners have to carry them back and ask them what the f--k just happened. He TKO's guys where they're still rocked and dazed, but they're still seeing the lights compared to when I do it, the lights just go completely out.
When I hit people, it's not a flash knockout where they get back up and I hit them a couple of times and the ref stops it and they're like 'oh I wasn't out'. I hit people where it's like 'what happened?'. The coaches have to wake them up. That's just a difference in power."
I'm not so sure that Charles Oliveira would agree with that statement about Cub's power, but so be it. Stephens believes that he has the advantage in most areas of the fight, and that it's his for the taking"
"I can strike with him, I can ground and pound him, I can out wrestle him, I can get back up to my feet and I can submit him. I know I can beat this guy."
They meet next Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.