Cub Swanson (21-5) notched his 6th straight victory Saturday evening at UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio, Texas. The victory over Jeremy Stephens (23-10) tied him with the UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo and Dennis Bermudez for the most active win streak in the UFC featherweight division.
Swanson displayed a more versatile and technical striking game to his opponent Stephens. Working with Timothy Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz for this fight, Cub’s boxing proved superior by using feints and footwork to disguise his strikes, while simultaneously avoiding the huge power shots of Stephens, utilizing good head movement and not allowing his opponent to counter.
“I think I just picked up the pace in the 2nd round,” the soft-spoken Cub Swanson describing the fight. “I think I hit him with a body shot that slowed him down quite a bit. We were both throwing the whole time, I just felt like I was controlling just a hair each round.”
Cub Swanson hurt Stephens a couple times in the fight, most notably in the 3rd round when he landed a liver kick that forced Stephens to back pedal as Swanson hunted him down looking for the finish. The finish did not come for Cub, but he would eventually earn the 5-round decision, winning 49-46 on two of the judges’ scorecards and 48-47 on the 3rd scorecard.
Swanson, while thinking he is certainly deserving of the next UFC featherweight title shot—against the winner of Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, said post-fight in the cage with Jon Anik, “I don’t beg,” when asked who he should fight next.
Further elaborating on his mentality that if he continues to win fights, the title shot will come and he won’t have to beg for it, Cub Swanson spoke at the post-fight press conference.
“For me, winning a title is just like a dream. Something I want to do so bad, something I feel like is going to come to me if I keep doing what I’m doing. If I keep doing what I’m supposed to do, it will come, I don’t feel like I have to beg or try to ask for it, if I keep putting on good performances it will come,” Swanson said.
However if this victory over Jeremy Stephens was not enough to earn him a title shot in the UFC’s eyes, Cub Swanson does not mind taking another fight in the division rather than sitting out and waiting for his shot.
“I’m not really one to cry about things so, I’m just excited to be in the position I’m in, I’ve worked real hard,” Swanson said. “If another fight was a good opportunity for me, then I would take it. I’m not trying to wait forever, so we’ll see what happens.”
What happens is now Cub Swanson sits back and waits, while featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his belt at UFC 176 in a rematch against Chad Mendes on August 2nd—a fight that Cub Swanson will no doubt have a keen eye on.