Cub Swanson contemplates punching belt-less Frankie Edgar in lieu of UFC title shot

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Frankie Edgar thinks a fight against Cub Swanson makes sense. Cub, however, has his sights set on the bigger prize.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight division could be in the midst of a major shakeup if Lorenzo Fertitta and Co. have their way.

After division kingpin Jose Aldo suffered an injury (details), one that forced him out of his title fight against Chad Mendes at UFC 176 on Aug. 2, 2014, Fertitta declared that an interim title fight could be staged this October if "Junior" is out for an extended period of time.

This, after UFC was forced to postpone UFC 176.

According to the UFC CEO, the two men in the running to potentially face Mendes in the interim championship bout are Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson.

But according to comments made to UFC Tonight, Edgar says the fight that makes sense to him at the moment is a showdown against, you guessed it, Cub Swanson, as he believes a win over the WEC import will get him one step closer to a title shot.

Swanson, however, was lukewarm to the suggestion, still holding out for his promised title shot. And last time Cub checked, Edgar doesn't have a title. Still, that didn't stop the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA-trained fighter from saying he "wouldn't mind punching" the Toms River native.

Coincidentally, after defeating B.J. Penn for a third time (video) at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale last weekend (Sun., July 6, 2014), Edgar surpassed Swanson on the official UFC rankings to take the No. 2 spot.

Still, it seems "The Answer" made the challenge before he knew he was in the running for a possible interim title fight.

Nevertheless, should Aldo vs. Mendes 2 indeed go down on Oct. 27, 2014 -- possibly in Brazil -- would a showdown between Swanson and Edgar be something that interests you?

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