By: Chris Taylor
Following his main event victory over Jeremy Stephens at Saturday’s “UFC Fight Night 44” event in San Antonio, perennial contender Cub Swanson (21-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) did a post fight interview with FOX Sports 1 where he stated his desire to rematch featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo:
“Of course I want to fight Aldo,” said Swanson. “That’s like Weidman beating Silva you know. I want to be the guy to dethrone the legend.”
Jose Aldo (24-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will rematch Chad Mendes (16-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) at August’s UFC 176 event in Los Angeles, and while Cub would prefer to take the gold from “Scarface”, beating “Money” would be just fine too:
“I want to fight Aldo. But fighting for gold is fighting for gold.” stated Swanson.
Cub lost a unanimous decision to Chad Mendes at WEC 50 in 2010. So, no matter who holds the strap after UFC 176 (Mendes or Aldo), Swanson will be looking for redemption if granted a title shot.
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By: Chris Taylor
Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn recently did an interview with his website BJPENN.com, where he discussed a number of topics concerning TUF 19 and his upcoming trilogy bout with Frankie Edgar. Here is what “The Prodigy” had to say:
On His Drop to 145:
“I look at Frankie Edgar– I mean I can’t say enough good things about Frankie. As an athlete, every time he shows up he brings his A-Game. It doesn’t matter if he starts having a rough road in the beginning or having a rough road in the end or whatever it is, you know, I really respect how Frankie always pulls it together, he always brings his A-Game on fight night. So that’s for sure; we all know Frankie Edgar does that. Number two, watching Frankie’s fights, I didn’t get to see his second fight with Benson, but I heard Frankie did very, very well. A lot of people kept telling me that they really thought Frankie won the fight. Then, Frankie dropped down to 145 and fought Jose Aldo and did well, you know. Maybe, some people say it could have been a draw or Frankie was coming back. Arguably, nobody has really been able to do much to Frankie. He’s been hurt, he’s been dropped a few times. Benson dropped him. Gray dropped him. But no-one has really been able to put him away. He has two decision wins over me, and I look at him and that’s the guy I want to fight. The way it got put together, me and Dana were talking about fighting again and he asked “Why do you want to fight again, man?” I’m like, “Maybe a couple good fights and maybe see if I can earn my shot back up and maybe get a chance to redeem myself against Frankie.” And at that time, of course that wasn’t on anyone’s radar, BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar. I’m sure it wasn’t on Frankie’s. I was kind of thinking about it, of course because he beat me and I want to get another shot at him, of course, everybody always thinks like that. There’s so much stuff to think about, man. I just got off the plane, sorry I lost my train of thought. My brain’s just going 1,000 MPH right now with everything.”
If He will Go to Brazil and Train w/ Andre Pederneiras at Nova Uniao for the fight:
“Yes, that will happen. We’re going to Nova Uniao, Brazil and like I said, we’re not trying to let this slip away. And I’m sure Frankie isn’t either. So, Frankie knows that if BJ really wants to avenge his loss and this and that, this is BJ’s chance. I know Frankie’s coming (prepared for the fight). You know, I really do wish this fight was at 155 lbs. Nothing to do with the weight, it’s just I really feel that Frankie hasn’t lost yet. He’s right up there, and I feel everybody says I’m supposed to be the greatest at lightweight. Frankie beat me twice. Frankie never really lost yet. Pettis is the new champ, you got all these new guys coming. Well if Frankie and me are the old guys, maybe who walks out of that ring will be one of the best lightweights of all time. We’re going to find out.”
If He Wants to Revisit the Fight at 155:
“At the end of the day, whatever makes the UFC comfortable. It might be a good thing for me, 145 might be the best thing to ever happen to BJ Penn. We’ll find out.”
Will BJ Penn Be Making a Run At the 145 Title?:
“I know it’s really weird for a lot of people in America to understand this, but I’ve always been a loyal guy to my Jiu-Jitsu King. Ever since Jose Aldo has hit the scene and just went on an absolute tear has busted everybody up, I never had any intentions of fighting Jose Aldo. At this point, if I fight Jose Aldo who am I fighting? I’m fighting Andre Pederneiras. I’m fighting the man who gave me my black belt. It’s just not a comfortable feeling for me. Me and Andre Pederneiras will have to sit down and talk. Jose Aldo is going to have to sit down and talk. I know Jose Aldo was just about to fight Anthony Pettis. Now, is Jose Aldo going to go up to 155 and fight Anthony Pettis or is he going to stay at 145 and defend his belt? I think with some of the decisions Aldo will make, will help me make some of my decisions myself.”
On the hypothetical situation Aldo vacates the 145 title to pursue the 155 title:
“If that happens, I really do consider that a possibility. If that happens, great. I’ll take a crack at the 145 title. If he wants to sit there and defend, then me and Dana will sit down and talk. Really, one of the main things I want to do is just get that fight with Frankie Edgar. Maybe that’s the only fight I want? Who knows? We’ll see what happens when we cross that river.”
How He Succeeds Against Edgar This Time Around:
“You know what? Anything I say right now, right here, not going to change nothing. I gotta get out there, I gotta beat Frankie Edgar— I could say 1,000 things. I could say “I’m going to choke him, this time. I’m going to take him down early. Or I improved my boxing; I can beat him in boxing now.” Nothing matters. Talk is cheap, I’ll see Frankie in April.”
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By: Chris Taylor
UFC officials recently announced that a featherweight bout between recent title challenger Ricardo Lamas (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Hacran Dias (21-2-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to next month’s ‘UFC Fight Night 44’ event in San Antonio.
Ricardo Lamas will be looking to rebound from his February title loss to longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Prior to facing Aldo at UFC 169, Lamas had put together a four-fight win streak, which included octagon wins over Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and Erik Koch respectively.
Meanwhile, Hacran Dias will also be looking to bounce-back into the win column when he faces Lamas this June. Dias suffered a decision loss to Nik Lentz in his most recent effort at May 2013’s ‘UFC on FX 8’ event in Brazil. Prior to that, the Nova Uniao fighter scored a unanimous-decision win over Iuri Alcantara in his octagon debut.
The ‘UFC Fight Night 44’ event takes place June 28 live from San Antonio’s AT&T Center. Broadcast plans have yet to be announced, but the card is likely to be seen on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The event is headlined by a featherweight tilt between Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens.
The UFC Fight Night 44 card now includes the following contests:
Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke
Myles Jury vs. Abel Trujillo
Hacran Dias vs. Ricardo Lamas
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Colton Smith
Andy Enz vs. Marcelo Guimaraes
Anthony Hamilton vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk
Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto
Andrew Craig vs. Cezar Ferreira
Luiz Dutra vs. Sean Spencer
Joe Ellenberger vs. Frank Trevino
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By: Chris Taylor
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (24-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will once again defend his title against #1 contender Chad “Money” Mendes (16-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), as UFC officials announced yesterday that the 145-pound rematch will serve as the headlining bout of this summer’s UFC 176 event in Los Angeles.
Chad Mendes first challenged Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title at January 2012’s UFC 142 event in Rio. Unfortunately for the Team Alpha Male product, Mendes ate a devastating knee thrown by Aldo, resulting in a first-round knockout loss.
Since suffering the first loss of his mixed martial arts career, Mendes has since posted 5-straight octagon victories, four of which have come by way of knockout. Chad’s most recent effort saw him score a unanimous decision win over Nik Lentz at December’s ‘UFC on FOX 9’ event in Sacramento.
Meanwhile, following his victory over “Money” in January of 2012, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has since gone on to defend his title three times. “Scarface” earned a unanimous decision win over former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 in Las Vegas and followed that up by defeating the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung via fourth-round TKO at UFC 163.
Aldo’s most recent effort saw him earn a unanimous decision win over Ricardo Lamas at February’s UFC 169 event in New Jersey.
UFC 176 takes place August 2 live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The main card airs live on pay-per-view, following the prelims which go down on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.