Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
UFC featherweight Cub Swanson recently claimed it was impossible for Jose Aldo to beat him at this stage of his career. Turns out, he was referring to Jens Pulver, and made an unfortunate "mental error" when he spoke.
"It's been a while. I've put it past me. I know that I could win that fight 10 out of 10 times if we did it again. It's not even an issue to me anymore. I would actually love for my brother to fight him. [My brother] is more of an up-and-comer, which I feel is more of a fair fight."
Turns out it was all a big mistake.
Swanson, who was stopped in just eight seconds when "Junior" jumped out of the gate with a flying knee back in June 2009, was actually talking about another loss he had under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner, a submission defeat to Jens Pulver.
The Palm Springs pugilist set the record straight with Sherdog Radio:
"We were going back and forth about different past opponents, and that was a mental error on my side. I was talking about Jens Pulver, and I thought you guys had asked me about a rematch with him. That's why I said that was a long time ago and that I had put it past me. No, [I don't want my brother to fight Aldo.] My brother is a [flyweight], and he fights at 135 [pounds] as well, but that's the fight that I would love for my brother to have -- with Jens. Jose Aldo is the fight that I want."
Be careful what you wish for.
To his credit, Swanson has put together a three-fight winning streak in which he stopped all three victims with his fists. The Jackson's MMA fighter is now 5-2 since his first dance with Aldo and could be one or two big wins away from a rematch.
How many times (out of 10) does he win it?