Cub Swanson has been Rising up the featherweight ranks since a submission loss to Ricardo Lamas in his Octagon debut. It’s extremely difficult to exclude Swanson from the title picture after five consecutive wins at 145, and it’s not just the W he’s bringing in, but the way in which he is racking up victories hints that the Jackson MMA trained product is ready to rematch Jose Aldo for the championship.
I actually feel fortunate that I’ve taken the harder road,” Swanson tells MMAInterviews. “I’m getting this little bit of exposure throughout my career, a lot of guys blow up on the scene, they get all this attention and money and they don’t handle it well. I was left to really not have very much and to be looked past.”
If you can’t see Cub Swanson now, you might want to rewind it back to his vicious knockout over Denis Siver at UFC 162; also taking home fight of the night bonus while he was at it.
Swanson could very well be the dark horse of the 145lb division, aside from Lamas, who stands at number 2 in the featherweight standings. But even though Swanson has had the more active UFC career with five fights in the past two years to Lamas’ two, he stays at number four.
“I’ve been in the division forever and I’m standing next to a guy that’s coming off The Ultimate Fighter and people are lining up to talk to them. They haven’t even done anything yet. That’s just the way it is, those guys get their fame real quick and it’s not necessarily a good thing.
You know exactly what Swanson is talking about. Amir Sadollah is a perfect example. Or more recently, Uriah Hall, who has fallen victim to others’ high expectations of him and dropped his only two UFC fights. Now UFC President Dana White thinks he is not a fighter.