UFC featherweight Cub Swanson cemented his spot as one of the elite competitors in the featherweight division by adding another impressive win to his five-fight streak this past weekend, stopping Dennis Siver with strikes in the second frame of their UFC 162 scrap. However, chances are Swanson will have to pick up another victory before getting a crack at the championship based on current king Jose Aldo already being booked for an August outing.
If Swanson can’t get the winner of Aldo’s upcoming bout with Chan Sung Jung as his next opponent, he has two other names in mind – Ricardo Lamas and Frankie Edgar.
“He kinda called me out, and I asked the UFC about it and it wasn’t really a fight they cared to make. Siver was the one they wanted me to fight, so that’s who I fought,” said Swanson to MMAJunkie when asked about Edgar. “I want to take the best fight I can get, so if that’s the best one, I’ll take it. And if they give me something better, a bigger opportunity, I’ll take that.”
Swanson’s interest in Lamas is not only based on the 31-year old’s status as a title-contender but a matter of avenging a 2011 submission loss.
“My first six fights in the UFC are some of the hardest fights you can ask for. I’d like people to keep that in mind when they think about the top,” explained Swanson, stating he’d arguably done more than the man currently challenging for Aldo’s belt.
The 20-5 Swanson has beaten the likes of Siver, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, and Ross Pearson during his current run. Fifteen of his wins have featured some form of finish.