It looks like hard-hitting UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson will have to overcome one more major obstacle to finally land a title shot. Swanson thought he had nailed down his chance to fight for the belt when he defeated Jeremy Stephens at Fight Night 44 in San Antonio. It was Swanson’s sixth straight win and seemingly made him the clear front-runner to face the winner of the Jose Aldo–Chad Mendes title rematch.
When an injury pushed Aldo-Mendes 2 back from early August to late October at UFC 179 in Brazil, the No. 2 ranked Swanson was placed in a tough spot of likely having to fight again rather than wait things out. After initially having a lukewarm response to a potential matchup against the No. 3 rated Frankie Edgar, it appears as though the wheels are fully in motion for the two talented contenders to meet. According to the latest edition of UFC Tonight, the dates being examined for the pivotal clash are Fight Night 53 in Sweden on Oct. 4 or a December event in Arizona.
Edgar proved he was still a major threat in the featherweight ranks with last month’s destruction of B.J. Penn at the TUF 19 Finale. It was the former lightweight champ’s third straight win over Penn and sent the Octagon legend into retirement. “The Answer” had a failed title bid against Aldo at UFC 156 and is highly motivated to secure another title fight. He’d certainly be in the title conversation if he were to end Swanson’s remarkable run. Edgar has won his last two fights since the loss to Aldo having also defeated Charles Oliveira.
All signs are pointing to Swanson having to roll the dice and take to what amounts as a very dangerous fight against Edgar. There would be no way the organization could deny Swanson his elusive title opportunity if he were to record a seventh straight victory against someone of Edgar’s pedigree.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports