On Saturday night Cub Swanson fights Jeremy Stephens and with a win can earn a shot at the UFC featherweight title against champion Jose Aldo. Swanson believes he holds an advantage over Aldo, and every other featherweight fighter:
“I feel like I’m the fastest puncher in the featherweight division, and I’m willing to put it to the test if anyone wants to tell me otherwise,” Swanson said with a smile.
Five years ago, the featherweight kingpin stopped him in eight seconds with a flying double-knee in the now-defunct WEC. Despite the brief and painful result, Swanson said he learned a tremendous amount about physical and mental preparation.
Now, he’s reaping the results. He has beaten five straight UFC opponents, and he wants a second chance. If successful on Saturday at San Antonio’s AT&T Center (on the FOX Sports 1-televised main card), he just might get one.
Aldo is next scheduled to rematch Chad Mendes, whom he knocked out two years ago in his third octagon fight, in August at UFC 176. His next challenger is not yet known.
“I think it would probably be the most anticipated fight in featherweight history,” Swanson said. “I can’t say the outcome, but I’m very confident in my ability.