Featherweight has quickly developed into one if the more exciting and talent filled divisions within the UFC. A number of exciting match ups have been announced but one lone name has been forgotten: Cub mothafuckin Swanson.
breaking down quick key match ups and sitituational standings: Jose Aldo is out till early 2014 with a broken foot. It's unknown if his next fight will be against Anthony Pettis should he emerge victorious over Josh Thomson or if he'll fight a FW contender. KZ is out for about a year with broken everything. Chad Mendes becomes the first man to stop Clay and Lay Guida via strikes and draws a fighter ranked outside the top ten in Nick Lentz. Porier defeated Koch and is slated against Brando. Koch is on a 2 fight skid and moving up to LW. Edgar is set to coach TUF against penn and will not bring seeing the inside if the octagon for quite some time.
This leaves Rucardo Lamas: 4 fight winning streak with 3 finishes and Cub Swanson: 5 fight winning streak with 4 violent TKOs. Ricardo has talked about waiting for Aldo (even though his promised title shot isn't very solid anymore) and tweeted Chad Mendes is that he'd only fight Chad other than Aldo. Now withMendes being linked against Lentz, the only top match up between two contenders would be a rematch of Swansons and Lamas' 2011 scrap.
While I'm sure Lamas would rather not rematch someone he beat (despite the fact Swanson was winning their first fight till he got lazy in the ground and I believe Swanson would talk Ricardo's head off this time around) there are no other key match ups for him and the UFC has done nothing to show Lamas the next shot at FW gold is his. I think they should do the rematch for the next shot. Besides, does lamas want that much time off anyway? I'm sure he's hurting on money, especially considering his UFC 162 match up with KZ was dumped.
Sorry for any typos this is from my iPhone while I'm waiting for a job interview. What do you think is next for Swanson Maniacs?