UFC featherweight Cub Swanson can claim status as one of the division’s top fighters after emerging victorious in his last four fights including finishes of George Roop, Ross Pearson, and Charles Oliveira. He’s also fresh off an outpointing of Dustin Poirier and could earn a title-shot this weekend at UFC 162 when he faces Dennis Siver. However, to this day, Swanson says the subject he’s most often approached with remains a 2009 stumble to champion Jose Aldo.
“It gets brought up to me all the time. People won’t let me forget it. I’ve heard it a million times,” explained Swanson in an interview with ESPN. “I wish they were clever about it. So much time has passed that I would laugh about it, but people are so lame.”
“I’ll be like [on Twitter], ‘I went to the store today and this happened,’ — something funny. Then somebody will go, ‘Like the time you got kneed in the face in eight seconds?’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, buddy. Exactly,’” added the 29-year old.
As fans clearly remember, Swanson was knocked out by Aldo in their WEC days with a double flying knee, failing to even last ten seconds with the explosive Brazilian. The memories from the embarrassing defeat in part fuel Swanson, driving him towards an eventual opportunity to deliver against Aldo and get some closure on the issue.
“I went to the hospital that night to get my face stitched up and all I could think about was, ‘I owe the fans a fight.’ That could have been a legendary fight in the WEC, and I didn’t approach it right,” he concluded on the past clash.
Swanson is 19-5 with fourteen stoppages notched on his record. His fight with Siver will serve as the PPV’s opener on Saturday night.
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