Cub Swanson-Jeremy Stephens set for main event of UFC Fight Night in San Antonio
The UFC’s first visit to San Antonio, announced over the weekend, now has its main event.
A key featherweight matchup betweenÂ Cub Swanson (20-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) andÂ Jeremy Stephens (23-9 MMA, 10-8 UFC) will headline the card. UFC officials confirmed the news to FOXSports.com on Wednesday. The winner could emerge as the next top contender in the 145-pound division.
“UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens” will take place June 28 at AT&T Center, the home of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Although the UFC has not visited the city and venue, the now-defunct WEC put on a card there in October 2009 headlined by a title fight between Benson Henderson and challenger Donald Cerrone.
Swanson has won five straight fights since his lone loss in the UFC, a submission setback to recent title challenger Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FOX 1. Since then, he has four knockouts, leaving George Roop, Ross Pearson, Charles Oliveira and Dennis Siver in his wake. Only Dustin Poirier was able to go the distance with him, and he dropped a decision. Swanson has three fight-night bonuses in that five-fight stretch, as well. But it will be nearly one year since his most recent fight, the knockout of Siver at UFC 162, when he steps in against Stephens.
Stephens snapped a three-fight skid at lightweight by dropping down to featherweight, where he has gone 3-0 with wins over Estevan Payan, Rony Jason and, most recently, Darren Elkins, whom he outpointed at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago in January. Prior to the move to featherweight, Stephens had been one of the UFC’s most exciting lightweights with three “Knockout of the Night” bonuses and a “Fight of the Night” on his resume, even if his record in the division â€“Â 7-8 â€“ wasn’t stellar.
No other fights have yet been announced for the card.
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(Pictured: Cub Swanson)