Cub Swanson ‘Assured’ He is No. 1 Contender to UFC Featherweight Title

October 27, 2014
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Regardless of Conor McGregor’s ability to sell himself, Cub Swanson has apparently been told that he’s next in line for a UFC featherweight title shot.

The fighter announced on Monday that UFC officials have informed him that a win over Frankie Edgar will grant him the status of No. 1 contender.

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The UFC’s 145-pound division is getting a substantial amount of attention over the past several months, due in part to McGregor and his uncanny ability to draw attention to himself with his microphone skills, while at the same time beating four straight opponents in the Octagon.

While McGregor’s run is impressive to many, Swanson has reeled off seven in a row, which is a tie for the UFC featherweight record with only Dennis Bermudez and division king Jose Aldo.

McGregor has kept a very Sonnen-like approach to his interviews and comments in the press, drawing attention to himself with wordplay that gets people talking and clicks on websites. He even got an entire arena in Brazil to hate him so badly that the crowd chanted for his demise, while at the same time never ceasing to make him the spotlight.

It’s because of moments like these that McGregor’s name has been brought up in title talk, and pundits have called for him to be the No. 1 contender. But McGregor’s next task lies within a Boston date in January with Dennis Siver, a match that some have referred to as a squash match.

The timing for Swanson, however, makes him a prime candidate for the next shot, simply because Aldo just successfully defended his belt against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 last Saturday. Swanson is due to face Edgar on Nov. 22, and the recovery time for both Aldo and Swanson could land the two fighting in late spring or early summer.

UFC officials are yet to publicly announce who the No. 1 featherweight contender is, but don’t be surprised if a name is mentioned before the end of the year.

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  • sanju singh

    lol cubbie is pissed………….well no one gives a shit oldman

    • shakejunt

      30 is old?

      • sanju singh

        he has a face of an old man

        • TheCerealKiller

          And you have the brain of an idiot. Go back to the DNA India website.

  • snapdad

    cub swanson has paid his dues. McGregor has been impressive, but needs at least one more big fight.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      That’s exactly what I was going to say. Words can only get a man so far. Connor needs to fight Mendes, Cub, or Edgar after Siver before getting a shot at Aldo. Why not put him up against Mendes after the Siver fight?

      • snapdad

        i totally agree

  • shakejunt

    hope this is true. just because dana is saying summer for aldo-mcgregor doesn’t mean that there won’t be a fight in between. thinking that if cub wins then he gets his shot around march/april? if cub loses and bermudez wins then he’ll get the shot, same time frame. if both cub and bermudez lose then i guess frankie could get his rematch. aldo’s suspension is only like 60 days and i’d hate to see him shelved for 8/9 months just for conor.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Watching Cub fight is like watching Cerrone fight, never boring.

  • projectchapter2

    Too bad my boy Frankie will end that. People forget, Frankie actually had the closest fight with Aldo- 48-47 and I even saw some websites give it to Frankie 48-47 (not a blowout either way as Aldo clearly won the beginning then faded as Frankie came on). It will be interesting to see this division play itself out. It was just a short time ago that people said Aldo would be moving up because he had no competition…

  • CodyShu

    So as long as Swanson loses and McGregor wins, McGregor gets the next shot right. Then I’ll be rooting for Frankie. C’mon Edgar put the old guy away!

    • shakejunt

      … frankie is older than him.

      is this a meme or something?

  • cheflacsto

    And if Frankie wins he doesn’t deserve another crack at ALDO? Doesn’t make any sense. I would think he would be deserving with a win over Cub. I think that the winner of this fight will be next either way. Maybe get a quick turnaround and have the fight in April-May. McGregor has most likely a lay-up and then he can be declared next, after the Frankie -Cub winner fights Aldo. Having that fight next September allowing Connor a long time to run his mouth and promote a huge payday. That fight would probably take place in Europe.