To those who’d been wondering why UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson didn’t have a fight lined up to close out 2013, there’s a good reason why. The top-5 contender is now on the mend after undergoing successful elbow surgery this week. Swanson is hoping to get back to training as soon as possible and hopes to be able to return in the first quarter of 2014.
Swanson’s most recent performance was a thrilling third round stoppage of Dennis Siver in a Fight of the Night at UFC 162. It was an explosive finish of a very tough and dangerous opponent. Swanson finds himself on the cusp of a title opportunity in the 145-pound weight division thanks to a current five-fight win streak. That successful run has included a Fight of the Night and two Knockout of the Night performances. Long-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo is set to face Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 and no doubt Swanson will be a very interested observer in that February 1 fight. He’s got history with both competitors, having lost to Aldo back in his WEC days and having been submitted by “The Bully” in the UFC.
Swanson is probably just one more win away from a title shot so it will be interesting to see who he will face upon his return. One possibility that I think is very realistic could be to have Swanson meet the winner of next month’s important fight at UFC on FOX 9 between Chad Mendes and Nik Lentz. If UFC officials are thinking about the next contender for the winner of Aldo vs. Lamas, putting a fight like that together would seem a solid idea.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports