Cub Swanson Says That He Has Been Promised Title Shot

Published on October 27th, 2014 7:14 pm EST

In the aftermath of UFC 179 this past weekend, Featherweight fighter Cub Swanson posted this to his Twitter account:

"The @ufc has assured me the next shot at Aldo. As long as I win my fight against Edgar. "

Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar are set to clash in the main event of UFC Fight Night 57. At the time that the fight was made, the general consensus was that the winner would move on to face Featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

That was, of course, until Conor McGregor dismantled Dustin Poirier at UFC 178, thereby increasing the speed of the Conor McGregor Hype Train even more. If McGregor beats Dennis Siver in January, the UFC is likely going to plan a title fight between McGregor and Aldo in the summer of 2015.

Despite the fact that Swanson will certainly be able to make a strong case for a title shot if he beats Edgar in November (after all, Swanson will have won seven fights in a row at that point, including wins over Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver), the UFC is almost certainly not going to forego a very lucrative title bout between McGregor and Aldo. That is a fight that could fill a stadium in either Ireland or Brazil and there is no way that the UFC is going to pass that up. Jose Aldo, the current Featherweight champion, also has to consider the money involved in fighting against McGregor instead of Swanson, as a PPV bout against McGregor would surely be the biggest drawing fight of Aldo's career.

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I'm guessing that the UFC promised the winner of Edgar/Swanson a shot at the title when they initially made the fight, but as we've seen in the past, things change. There is no way that the UFC is going to put on Swanson/Aldo before they do McGregor/Aldo, as there is just too much money involved.

This is a very unfortunate situation for Swanson, as he will be the clear #1 contender for the belt with a victory over Edgar.


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