UFC Quick Quote: Two weeks in the slammer ended up being a good thing for Jeremy Stephens

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Cub Swanson may find it hard to intimidate Jeremy Stephens after everything "Lil' Heathen" went through back in 2012.

"It was really a good thing. At the time, I thought, 'Why is this happening to me?' It really ended up being a good thing. It took my life by surprise and hurt me financially. It crushed me, broke me down. This is when I'm most dangerous. I'm back to falling in love with the training. I'm a better person and a better father. It was a good and bad thing altogether. It was a good learning experience. I'm kind of thankful for it."

What could have been felony assault charges eventually ended in disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Jeremy Stephens (via FOX Sports), who was cuffed and stuffed just hours before his UFC on FX 11 fight back in 2012. "Lil' Heathen" was accused of nearly beating a man to death in a 2011 skirmish, but was able to prove otherwise once he (finally) had his day in court. As for the experience? While it initially "broke him," Stephens is now a better man -- and probably a better fighter -- because of it. Good news for his career, bad news for Cub Swanson, who is charged with facing him this Saturday night in the UFC Fight Night 44 main event in San Antonio (preview). Who moves on to fight for the featherweight gold this weekend in "The Lone Star State?"

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