Cub Swanson appeared on this past week’s edition of the MMA hour to discuss the possible fight with Frankie Edgar and getting a title shot. Check out the highlights down below:
“I’m getting older,” Swanson said. “I want to fight the big fights, I feel like I deserve to do that. Frankie Edgar is a big name, as long as we could get that fight on a big fight like a FOX card, I’d be up for it.”
Cub Swanson (21-5) Has eight knockouts, seven submissions and five decision victories in his MMA career. The longtime WEC fighter came into the UFC 2-2 in his previous four fights. He made his UFC debut against Ricardo Lamas, but lost via arm triangle choke at UFC on Fox 1 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos on Nov / 12 / 2011. He beat George Roop via knockout at UFC on Fox 2 – Evans vs. Davis on Jan / 28 / 2012.
In his next four, he was a perfect 4-0. He beat Ross Pearson via knockout at UFC on FX 4 – Maynard vs. Guida on Jun / 22 / 2012, then Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision at UFC 152 – Jones vs. Belfort on Sep / 22 / 2012, then Dustin Poirier via knockout at UFC on Fuel TV 7 – Barao vs. McDonald on Feb / 16 / 2013 and finally Dennis Siver via knockout at UFC 162 – Silva vs. Weidman on Jul / 06 / 2013.
Swanson is now coming off a win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 44.
“Basically, I earned the title shot a couple times now,” Swanson said. “But the problem is I’ve been the odd man out every time. They keep telling me to wait, wait, I ended up waiting a whole year, I got Jeremy Stephens. Tough guy, way better than that number that was next to his name. To wait out a whole year again, I just don’t want to do that. “The problem is I’m not guaranteed the title shot,” Swanson said. ‘I’m told, but there are no guarantees, because, what if Mendes beats Aldo? I just feel like they’re going to give him an immediate rematch, like every longtime champion. So then I’m going to be asked out again. Another thing is, what if Aldo wins and gets injured? It’s like I’m waiting a year and a half. So I think the best thing for me, as long as there is a big fight, lets do it.”
Frankie Edgar (17-4) Has five knockouts, three submissions and nine decision victories. He has never been finished in his MMA career. Edgar made his UFC debut way back in 2007 with a win over Tyson Griffin. In his last five fights prior to TUF 19 Finale against BJ Penn, he is 2-3. Edgar beat Gray Maynard via KO at UFC 136 – Edgar vs. Maynard 3 on Oct / 08 / 2011. Edgar then dropped three straight fights, he lost to Benson Henderson via unanimous decision at UFC 144 – Edgar vs. Henderson on Feb / 26 / 2012, then Benson Henderson via split decision at UFC 150 – Henderson vs. Edgar 2 on Aug / 11 / 2012 and finally against Jose Aldo via unanimous decision at UFC 156 – Aldo vs. Edgar on Feb / 02 / 2013.
Edgar then got a win over Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision at UFC 162 – Silva vs. Weidman on Jul / 06 / 2013. He is coming off a win over BJ Penn at TUF 19 Finale.
Time will tell if the two fighters square off.