Cub Swanson used to be just another brawler.
Seemingly cut from the same cloth as Lenard Garcia, both fighters were known for always being ready for a scrap… ready to throw down in the middle of that WEC cage… ready to throw caution to the wind, entertaining the masses like the gladiators of ancient Rome. Either they would win in an amazing, heart-stopping fashion, or they would go out on their shield.
That kind of fighting mentality is great for gathering fans. Not so good for title runs.
In 2010, both fighters were trading wins and losses. Cub always seemed to use his grit and guts to position himself for a chance at stardom, only to lose against the top dogs of the WEC, like Mendes, and Aldo. Garcia? He would do the same, with losses against Mark Hominick and Chan Sung Jung. It seemed like they were both destined for gatekeeper status at best, always being relied upon for a good brawl, but not much else.
But then something changed.
Cub Swanson started training with Greg Jackson. He started fighting a little smarter; knowing when to be patient, and when to let his hands fly. He started racking up the wins. One win. Then two. Then three. Four in a row now. And five. Five wins in a row, in the UFC. The same amount of in-a-row losses that Garcia left the company with.
And it seems that Cub is just getting started.
The last win of his five-fight win streak was a barn-burner of a fight against the destructive striker, Dennis Siver. Cub fought brilliantly, using sharp defense and quick head movement to tire out the bigger, stronger Siver on his way to a 3rd round TKO win. And now that he’s knocking off some of the best in the featherweight division, Cub is thirsty for more. He wants to prove himself against the best of the best, and going by what he said on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight, he doesn’t want to wait around.
“I just want to fight the top guys. I really want a title shot, but I don’t want to wait for it.”
The first fighter in his scopes? That would be Conor McGregor. A man who seems to have placed himself on everyone’s “most wanted” list, by way of his Twitter comments, where he’s called out seemingly everyone but Dana White himself. But it seems that Cub will have to wait for his crack at “Notorious”, as the UFC brass told him that a match-up with McGregor would be “unlikely”. If you ask us, Diego Sanchez will probably have the first crack at the quick-witted Irishman.
Fair enough. Cub will happily take on another challenger, once he’s done rehabbing an injured elbow back to health. But in the meantime, he has some parting words for the rest of the UFC roster in his absence:
If your not fighting for a Bonus, you shouldn't be fighting in the UFC
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) December 12, 2013
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