Due to the fundamental shift in the landscape of MMA, Saturday night, you may have heard Chris Weidman beat Anderson Silva by now, Cub Swanson’s victory has kind of got lost in the shuffle a little bit. The noted finisher went on to stop fellow featherweight contender Dennis Siver in the third round of their thrilling, “FOTN” bout, to record his fifth straight win.
As a result of the victory, which was an extremely impressive and important one, Swanson is the latest man who is calling for a title shot at 145 pounds. Due to the ridiculous amount of talent in the division, however, there’s no shortage of other men who also want the same. Chan Sung Juny will throw down with champ Jose Aldo on August 3rd, but ahead of Swanson in the rankings are men like Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas. Of course, Anthony Pettis is definitely in the mix, as he was scheduled to fight Aldo at UFC 163 until he was forced to withdraw due to injury.
So, if Swanson is going to get tapped for a title shot anytime soon, he knows he’s going to need a lot of support. Speaking at the post UFC 162 presser the 20-5 fighter stated (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I think I did everything I needed to do. I’m just trying to get the fans to back me on it and let them decide. Dana does a good job of listening to the fans, and if they speak up and they want me to be the next one in line, then it could happen.”
White heaped praise on Swanson during the presser, by noting:
“He’s incredibly exciting. He’ll fight anybody anywhere any time. Cub Swanson is the exact type of a f–ing guy I love and that we’re looking for and that will be in this company a long time.”
Now does this mean Swanson could be tapped for a shot at the belt? Possibly, but unless Pettis or Lamas are taken out of the mix for some reason, chances are the Jackson’s fighter is going to have to face another top contender first.