by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Reminiscent of Takanori Gomi’s six-second knockout by knee over Ralph Gracie, but perhaps even more explosive, Jose Aldo on Sunday night at WEC 41 proved once again why he deserves to be the next contender in the WEC featherweight division.
In just eight ticks of the clock, the Brazilian came flying across the cage with a jumping left knee that dropped Cub Swanson face first to the mat. He followed with a couple of left hands, but they were unnecessary, as Swanson wasn’t making any moves to defend or get back to his feet. The damage had already been done.
The knee opened up a cut following the bottom of Swanson’s left eyelid, as well as a gash above his left eyebrow, that caused referee Steve Mazzagatti to call a hault to the bout.
Though not officially announced, this fight was largely believed to determine the next challenger to the WEC featherweight championship. Now with a record of 15-1, Aldo has proven that he deserves to be that challenger. He is currently on an eight-fight winning streak, including finishing all five of his WEC opponents by either knockout or TKO.
Asked where his fearless attitude in the cage comes from, Aldo responded, “It comes from my goal. I want to be the champ. I want to fight for the title.”