By: Chris Taylor
UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson (21-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is currently riding a 6-fight win streak, scoring wins over George Roop, Ross Pearson, Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier, Dennis Siver and most recently Jeremy Stephens in that time.
Four of those six victories have come by way of knockout, putting Cub at the top of the list in terms of 145-pound contenders.
Following his victory over Jeremy Stephens in June, UFC officials told Swanson that he would receive the next shot at the UFC’s coveted featherweight title. At the time, Jose Aldo was scheduled to rematch Chad Mendes at August’s UFC 176 event, so it was assumed that Cub would face the winner of that title fight later this year.
However, Aldo suffered an injury in training and the bout was rescheduled to headline October’s UFC 179 pay-per-view in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
With that said, Cub Swanson would be looking at a long layoff if he were to wait to face the winner of Aldo vs. Mendes 2, as he noted in a recent interview with The MMA Hour:
“I’m not going to beg anyone else and say ‘please please Dana give me the title shot,’” Swanson said. “Because it’s like, I’m showing up, I’m fighting in great fashion. I believe the fans like my style. That should be all. I let my fighting do the talking, I don’t have to put on great show and dance to make it bigger than it is.”
“I’m getting older,” Swanson said. “I want to fight the big fights, I feel like I deserve to do that. Frankie Edgar is a big name, as long as we could get that fight on a big fight like a FOX card, I’d be up for it.”
“Basically I earned the title shot a couple times now,” Swanson said. “But the problem is I’ve been the odd man out every time. They keep telling me to wait, wait, I ended up waiting a whole year, I got Jeremy Stephens. Tough guy, way better than that number that was next to his name. To wait out a whole year again, I just don’t want to do that.
“The problem is I’m not guaranteed the title shot,” Swanson said. ‘I’m told, but there are no guarantees, because, what if Mendes beats Aldo? I just feel like they’re going to give him an immediate rematch, like every longtime champion. So then I’m going to be asked out again. Another thing is, what if Aldo wins and gets injured? It’s like I’m waiting a year and a half. So I think the best thing for me, as long as there is a big fight, let’s do it.”
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (17-4-1 MMA, 11-4-1 UFC) is coming off a third-round TKO victory over future UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn, which he earned at July’s “TUF 19 Finale” event in Las Vegas.
Edgar called out Swanson falling his third win over “The Prodigy,” stating that “Cub will have to fight me eventually anyway, so why not now?”
The Edgar vs. Swanson bout is rumored as being targeted to headline the “UFC on FOX 13” event, which takes place Saturday December 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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