UFC featherweight Cub Swanson has won his last four fights including finishes of George Roop, Ross Pearson, and Charles Oliveira, not to mention an impressive outpointing of Dustin Poirier in the other effort. However, when title-contender Anthony Pettis went down with an injury, Swanson didn’t even get a sniff from the UFC matchmaking team who instead opted to bring Chan Sung Jung into the fold for August action against champ Jose Aldo.
Swanson spoke to Bleacher Report about the matter where he didn’t appear to be harboring any hard feelings about being passed over but expressed confusion over Jung getting the nod rather than Ricardo Lamas.
“With Pettis’ last win and beating ‘Cowboy’ – that’s impressive. ‘Cowboy’ is my teammate, and I believe he had an off night, but that win was still impressive. He’s fought top guys and I really can’t say anything about him. Yeah, it sucks that he drops down and gets a title shot right away, but I can see how it happened,” said Swanson. “But the ‘Korean Zombie’ I just don’t see it. I don’t think the level of competition he’s faced has been on the level of what [Ricardo] Lamas or I have faced. It’s kind of baffling. I just don’t think he deserves it.”
Jung has emerged with his hand raised in his last three tilts, beating Poirier, Leonard Garcia, and Mark Hominick respectively. Meanwhile, Lamas is on a four-fight run and can boast recent success against Swanson in addition to contenders Hatsu Hioki and Erik Koch.
The entire situation has left Swanson scratching his head, though he’s at least comfortable with knowing he ultimately controls his own destiny.
“The division is definitely crazy right now and I’m ready to take whatever fight is going to get me to the top. I’m confident and whatever fight they are going to give me I’m ready for. Right now, that fight is against Dennis Siver,” offered Swanson. “He’s a tough dude and we are both right there in the rankings at No. 5 and No. 6. That’s the fight I’m concentrating on right now and I’m ready to go.”
Swanson-Siver is set to open up the PPV portion of UFC 162.