Photo of Cub Swanson by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
Before Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo made his way to the world's largest fight promotion, he built his name under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner. While with the WEC, "Scarface" terrorized nearly every opponent he stepped inside the cage against.
But perhaps none more so than Cub Swanson.
Indeed, Aldo finished seven of his eight fights inside the blue cage, three of which came inside the first round. But it was Swanson who suffered the quickest defeat of all, falling to a flying knee in just eight seconds.
Embarrassing? Of course. Career altering? Not for Cub.
The California native picked himself back up, dusted himself off, and got right back on the hog, winning his next fight by submission. He's had his ups and downs since, but he's currently riding a two fight win streak inside the Octagon and has put on two incredibly impressive performances.
In fact, he's done enough for his trainer, Greg Jackson, to say (via Sherdog.com) he believes he'll eventually contend with Aldo in a far more competitive manner if they meet again.
""As he continues to evolve and as he continues to grow and add more tools to his arsenal, certainly we're in it to try to get to be the world champion. I certainly hope we get another shot at [Aldo] when he's ready. We'll see. If he keeps winning and doing spectacularly, like his last two fights have been against very good opponents, I'm sure he'll earn that right. We'll just make sure we have all the tools and we're ready when it's that time."
Despite two strong wins in his most recent bouts, the idea of Swanson being able to hang with a pound-for-pound contender is a bit far-fetched, even if we're being nice about the situation.
But with the current state of the featherweight division and Aldo sorely lacking contenders to his throne, it's certainly not out of line to think we could see a rematch between the two sooner rather than later.
In fact, if UFC President Dana White is to be believed and Erik Koch may not be getting the title shot after all, why not throw him in against Swanson for a number one contender bout? Chan Sung Jung seems to believe he can unseat the champion and he's a marketable option. Let him get the crack at Aldo when he gets healthy and the winner of Swanson vs. Koch can be next in line.
Sound good, everyone? Or do you have a better idea?