Cub Swanson’s path to the UFC featherweight title appears set, as he has been brought out to UFC 169 this weekend in Newark, New Jersey.
Jose Aldo defends his featherweight crown against Ricardo Lamas in the co-main event, and Swanson believes he should be the next challenger.
“Well, I’m here,” said Swanson, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “They brought me out, so that must say something. I think I’m definitely the favorite, but they haven’t given me any confirmation on me being the next in line.
“I’m hoping for it, and I know the fans want to see it, so we’ll see what happens.”
Since a 2011 loss to Lamas in his UFC debut, Swanson (20-5) has won five straight. Four of those victories have been of the knockout variety, including a July finish of Dennis Siver.
Swanson has also fought Aldo previously, falling by TKO in 2009 while both were in the WEC.