Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was quoted as saying that Conor McGregor would likely get the next shot at the featherweight strap shortly after "Notorious" knocked out Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 on Sept. 28, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A month later, and McGregor is now fighting Dennis Siver when the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion heads back to Boston, Mass., for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 59 event inside the TD Garden on Jan. 18, 2015 (details).
Conor stated he wanted to fight again instead of waiting to see the outcome of Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2 -- which went down this past weekend (Sat., Oct 25, 2014) at UFC 179 in Brazil (highlights) -- but perhaps UFC had a change of heart and decided to give Cub Swanson the title shot he was promised, first.
Whatever the case may be, Cub took to Twitter to reveal that he indeed would get next crack at Aldo, as long as he defeats Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 57 on FOX Sports 1, which takes place on Nov. 22, 2014 inside Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
The @ufc has assured me the next shot at Aldo. As long as I win my fight against Edgar. http://t.co/PIRQgURAAS— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) October 26, 2014
And just like that, all is right with the world.
While I don't refute Conor's impact on the featherweight division during his short tenure, giving him a title shot over Cub Swanson just didn't seem right; seeing as how Cub has been putting in work inside the Octagon since 2011, winning six straight fights to earn his place at the head of the table.
Of course, he still has to defeat "The Answer" to get his long-awaited rematch at the champ.
As for McGregror, while he likely goes in as the heavy favorite against Siver, he'll have to be on his "A" game to avoid an upset at the hands of "The Menace" and be forced to start from scratch.