Although it seems like most folks are leaning towards Frankie Edgar, in terms of who should challenge Max Holloway next, Cub Swanson continues to campaign hard for his title shot.
Since Holloway stopped Jose Aldo at UFC 212 to become the undisputed, 145 champ, both Edgar and Swanson have made their case for why they deserve a crack at the belt. Edgar has cited his recent wins over top contenders, as well as his victory over Swanson, as to why, in his mind, there’s “no one else”.
Swanson, however, was a guest on MMA Junkie Radio recently, and the perennial contender had this to say about Edgar’s title shot claims (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I’m not taking anything away from him,” Swanson said. “I respect the guy. I think he’s an amazing fighter. He has a win over me. But since then, I’ve been on a tear. And the fact is he’s 0-4 in his last four title fights.
“That fact you can get that many title fights is crazy. I’m just looking for one. I’ve never had the opportunity, and I’ve been promised multiple times and had it taken away. … All I’m asking for is the opportunity.”
It would be nice to see a veteran fighter like Swanson get a title shot, and based off his first bout with Holloway, chances are a rematch would also be very entertaining (Swanson lost the bout via submission). Further, it is true that Edgar failed on two occasions to take the featherweight belt from Aldo.
But, the cards appear to be stacked against Swanson here. Edgar doesn’t have a loss to Holloway, and he’s coming off convincing wins over the likes of Yair Rodriguez, Jeremy Stephens, Chad Mendes and Swanson.