This Saturday the UFC is running two consecutive cards in one day. First Fight Night 43 from Auckland New Zealand and then Fight Night 44 from San Antonio Texas. 21 fights 17 times zones apart all in under 24 hours. The mix martial arts marathon all wraps up when featherweights Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens step in the cage together in Texas.
The UFC odds makers have Cub Swanson as a solid -260 favorite. A bet on Swanson will cost $260 risk for every $100 wanted to win. Bookies are paying $200 for every $100 risked on a Stephens win.
UFC Fight Night Odds
Jeremy Stephens +200
Cub Swanson -260
Cub Swanson is the hot fighter in the UFC featherweight division right now. Headlining this card will give him a chance at stardom. He’s coming into Saturday’s fight riding a 5 fight win streak with victories over such notables as Dennis Siver, Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira.
Swanson’s fighting style is the type fans love, Dana White loves so he’s going to get pushed in the UFC. Between the UFC and the WEC, Swanson has earned a performance of the night bonus six times, four fights of the night and two KO of the night.
Swanson’s fight with Jeremy Stephens could easily earn him one more performance of the night. Stephens has looked reborn since dropping to featherweight with 3 straight victories, including a head kick KO of Rony Jason. Stephens himself has earned four performance of the night awards; 3 KO and one fight of the night.
Both fighters will come out swinging and look to finish this fight before it goes to the judges. There is added stakes for both fighters as the winner could be inline for a title fight against the winner of the Chad Mendes-Jose Aldo rematch.
Picking a winner here you have to look at their past opponents, Swanson has been stronger opponents and Stephens seems to struggle when he’s asked to take the next step up in competition. With Swanson’s current run, he’s definitely a step up in competition. Lean Swanson.