UFC featherweight fighter Cub Swanson picked up a big win this past Saturday at UFC 162, defeating a durable Dennis Siver via third round TKO. This was Swanson’s fifth straight victory inside the octagon, which definitely puts him in the mix for a title shot.
After victories over George Roop, Ross Pearson, Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier and now Dennis Siver, 29-year-old Swanson has a strong claim for a shot at current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
At the UFC 162 post-fight press conference a member of the media asked Cub Swanson if he felt he had done enough to earn a title shot and what he felt should be next for him.
“Yea, I think I did everything I needed to do. I’m just trying to get the fans to back me on it, let them decide. Dana does a good job of listening to the fans, if they speak up, and they want me to be the next one in line, then it could happen.”
UFC president Dana White followed up by saying:
“I think Cub looked awesome tonight. That fight was sick. Both guys went in there and were determined, both guys wanted to win, both guys fought their asses off from the first round to the last round. Cub poured it on when he needed to and I think he deserves many things other then $50k tonight. I think he’s a stud, he always goes and delivers. I talk to these guys after the fight and say be the guy that gets noticed, and he got noticed tonight man. I couldn’t say enough good things about him.”
With Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas and Frankie Edgar also queued up for a title shot it makes sense for Swanson to turn to the fans for support. These days is seems you need more then just your fight record or a winning streak to make you stand out.
I would love to see Cub Swanson get a opportunity to fight for the featherweight gold, but we will have to wait and see what happens.
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