Cub Swanson is confident that he will showcase his skills on Saturday night in his first UFC main event.
The longtime featherweight competitor has not gotten a shot at a World Title ever in a ZUFFA run promotion, and his closest was an unceremonious obliteration to the division's current kingpin Jose Aldo several years ago in a No. 1 contender bout in the WEC. While he would go on to lose twice more, including in his UFC debut to Ricardo Lamas, Swanson is now on a five fight winning streak, which include wins over Ross Pearson, Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver, and believes he is only getting better each time around.
"I honestly say that this is the most complete I've ever been for a fight," Swanson told Florian and Sonnen on UFC Tonight. "My wrestling is on point. My Jiu-jitsu game is on point. My stand up is sharp as always. I just know I'm rising to the occasion."
Swason respects Stephen's power and aggression, and while he may not be able to match "Lil Heathen" in power, he can certainly make up for it with accuracy.
"He has knocked some people out cold. I've always said ‘maybe I don't hit that hard' but I'm pretty accurate, keep a gnarly pace, and it doesn't matter how I'm getting the W's but I'm getting them."
When asked why he deserves a title shot with a win over Stephens, Swason explained that his win streak and recent performances speak for themselves.
"It would be six wins in a row for me. I'm hungry. Eleven years in the making. It's my time."