It has been five years since Jose Aldo knocked out Cub Swanson with a double flying knee in eight seconds, and the top featherweight now believes that it is "inevitable" that he will get his rematch against the Brazilian champion.
"I honestly feel like a title fight for me is inevitable," Swanson told MMAFighting.com. "It's just that in my career, with everything I have gone through, this is the next step for me. I'm just trying to enjoy the moment and put on good performances for the fans."
The Jackson's MMA product also expressed his gratitude for being placed in a main event slot against Jeremy Stephens, but also stated that he deserved to be in that headlining slot with his recent performances.
"Honestly, it's an honour for me to be fighting in the main event. I feel like it is well deserved on my part, and I'm excited at the same time. I'm very grateful for this opportunity."
While he is not looking past his veteran opponent, he does expect this to be another fight where he can showcase his continuously developing skill set. It is also another experience notch under his belt, which will serve him greatly in the potential rematch against Aldo.
"This fight is another fight for me to showcase my skills. My game is still progressing. This is another opportunity for me to get better - get more prepared for the title fight.
"When I do get the title fight, I feel like I will be ready."
UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens takes place June 28, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.