Cub Swanson has an elbow injury that requires surgery to repair, according Ariel Helwani in "UFC Tonight," forcing the top Featherweight contender to the sidelines for about four weeks if all goes well on the operating table.
Swanson was last seen at UFC 162, dispatching Dennis Siver via technical knockout to push his win streak to five straight.The Jackson-Winkeljohn-trained fighter has managed to climb back to the top of the 145-pound heap after losses to top dogs such as current champion Jose Aldo -- albeit under World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner -- Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas, the No. 1-ranked contender who will next compete for the division title at UFC 169.
Perhaps the news that Lamas would fight Aldo next compelled Swanson to take care of some lingering health-related injuries to ensure that he is healthy to make his final push to the summit in early 2014. After all, Swanson called for an eliminator rematch against Lamas after his most recent win, but was clearly passed over even though he is "poses the biggest threat" to upend "Scarface."
The good news is that while the division continues to move forward, there are several other prominent fighters in the weight class who are also licking their wounds. Chan Sung Jung and Conor McGregor -- who called Swanson "old" -- are also currently recovering from injuries.
And a match-up between Swanson and either fighter would certainly spark fireworks. Indeed, even while injured, the 145-pound options for Swanson are solid in arguably the deepest weight class in the sport.