After Cub Swanson (pictured) took a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens this past Saturday to collect his sixth consecutive victory, Swanson felt he had done more than enough to earn a crack at the UFC featherweight crown.
While UFC president Dana White didn’t outright promise Swanson next dibs at the throne, Swanson’s futureis so bright he’s gotta wear shades. Perhaps to block the bling-bling belt that might be heading his way.
“Let me tell you what, Jeremy is ranked No. 10 but he’s not the number 10 fighter,” White told UFC.com. “He’s better than that, and Cub took big f****** shots from him early, ate his shots and came back and fought a beautiful fight.
“I’m very excited for [Swanson’s] future. Cub’s going to get what he wants, let’s just put it that way.”
Reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his hardware against Chad Mendes at UFC 176, so after today’s news, Swanson will be taking even more detailed notes of that rematch now.
Both fighters hold wins over Swanson from their time together in the WEC. Mendes took a unanimous decision in August 2010, while Aldo TKO’d him in June 2009 to earn a title fight against then-WEC champ Mike Brown.
Aldo hasn’t relinquished the gold since.