Cub Swanson is feeling slighted.
Swanson was led to believe that he was a finalist with Frankie Edgar to determine the No. 1 contender to Max Holloway and his featherweight title.
When Edgar received the championship match, Swanson decided to “man-up” and take on Brian Ortega in hopes of cementing his status in the division. But when Edgar pulled out with an injury, Swanson was sure he’d get the call.
Instead, Jose Aldo was given a rematch with Holloway for the December 2 card.
“It was between me and Frankie (for the title shot), and then Frankie got it, and it was a tough pill to swallow, and I got over it,” Swanson said during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour (thanks to MMA Fighting for transcribing). “And I thought for sure, if anybody wouldn’t pull out of a fight, it would be him, because I think he’s the kind of guy who would fight through a torn knee or anything. But I guess he has a fracture in his face or something like that, and that’s something that you can’t fight through, so I was shocked when I found out that he was pulling out, and then I was like, ‘Wow, this going to happen.’”
Swanson and Ortega are set for December 9, a week after the Holloway-Aldo contest. He is on a four-fight win streak that includes two “Fight of the Night” showings.