Swanson outscored Lobov in Saturday’s headliner, and earned a unanimous decision win. The victory was Swanson’s fourth straight, and ensured that he’ll remain a top five ranked featherweight. Prior to the card, Swanson was ranked #4 at 145.
Afterwards, Swanson was quick to say that he wants to fight for the belt next. So, this would mean Swanson would take on either the champ Jose Aldo, or interim champ Max Holloway, as the two are fighting at UFC 212, June 3rd.
Well, while speaking to MMA Junkie Saturday’s win, Swanson had this to say about Mr. Aldo:
“I think it would be a great fight,” Swanson said. “I’ve studied him for a long time. I know what he’s good at; I know what I’m good at. I know I can make any fight a war and make it my fight. I’m excited to do it again.
“I took a lot of lessons away from that fight, and some that have molded me into who I am – all my losses, really, but that one in particular. And I’d like to get it back.”
Now, if you’re new to the game or haven’t spent a lot of time watching older fights, then you might not know that Aldo took out Swanson back in 2009. To be more precise, Aldo cracked Swanson with a flying knee and finished the fight in just 8 seconds. In 2015, Holloway submitted Swanson in the third round of their UFC on FOX 15 card.
It will be interesting to see what happens here. Swanson also said that he’s planning to take a break and doesn’t plan on fighting again until late 2017 or early next year. One would think that if Yair Rodriguez can defeat Frankie Edgar next month, then the rising featherweight could be tapped for a title shot next. Chan Sung Jung is also waiting in the wings, and he could also be a key win away from securing another shot at the belt.