Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) could produce the next featherweight title contender in the headliner of its upcoming UFC Fight Night 44 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on June 28, 2014, inside the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, in the form of top 145-pound standouts Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens.
The victor is likely to top a short list of challengers for the winner of Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes, who battle for "Junior's" belt at UFC 176 in August (more on that here).
Swanson (20-5) has been clamoring for a crack at the crown after compiling an impressive five-fight winning streak, one that includes knockouts over Ross Pearson and Dennis Siver, among others. Stephens (23-9), meanwhile, has been tearing up the division, stringing together three straight wins after dropping down from lightweight.
That's not all.
See who else is getting down and dirty on the FOX Sports 1/Fight Pass event later this month:
FOX Sports 1 Main Event:
145 lbs.: Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke
185 lbs.: Andrew Craig vs. Cezar Ferreira
145 lbs.: Hacran Dias vs. Ricardo Lamas
185 lbs.: Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto
155 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Ellenberger
FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" (8 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Colton Smith
135 lbs.: Johnny Bedford vs. Cody Gibson
185 lbs.: Andy Enz vs. Marcelo Guimaraes
125 lbs.: Ryan Benoit vs. Ray Borg
Fight Pass "Prelims" (7:30 p.m. ET):
265 lbs.: Anthony Hamilton vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk
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