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

October 27, 2014

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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