Max Holloway became the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion last Saturday (June 3, 2017), knocking out division king Jose Aldo in the third round of their title unification match at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (watch full video highlights here).
Soon thereafter, “Blessed” found out what it’s like being champion, as the callouts and challenges began to trickle in. Among the many men interested in going after Holloway’s 145-pound strap is Cub Swanson, who says he is more deserving of a shot against the Hawaiian than Frankie Edgar — another man who is eager to take on “Blessed.”
“The only thing is (Edgar has) had how many title fights? How many chances?” Swanson said during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 1 (via MMA Junkie). “My whole career – I’ve been with the company 11 years now – I’ve never fought for a title. I’ve been right there. I’ve had it promised. I’ve had it taken away. I think it’s the most exciting fight and it makes the most sense.”
Indeed, Edgar came up short against Jose Aldo for the second time last year at UFC 200. And while he has won two straight since, Swanson is on a four-fight win streak with his last loss coming against Holloway back in 2015.
“I don’t think I fought very good — he was the better man that night,” Swanson added when discussing his loss to Holloway. “I had a couple injuries in the fight that just made me tank. He beat me up good. I went back to the drawing board. I’ve come back stronger. I’ve proved that. I think I deserve another shot, and I think it’s the most exciting fight you can make right now.”
Furthermore, Swanson took to social media to lobby for his title fight, calling out UFC President Dana White for not living up to his promises and was adamant a rematch would be different.
I was promised a title fight multiple times and you didn't follow thru on it @danawhite I think it's time— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) June 4, 2017
And after catching wind of Cub’s comments telling the 145-pound division to stop being a bunch of “crybabies,” the hard-hitting slugger advised the youngster to stop believing his own hype.
Don't start believing your own hype homie, stay humble https://t.co/rXaCA4AZq8— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) June 5, 2017
Since Conor McGregor is highly-unlikely to return to 145 pounds to try and reclaim the strap that was stripped from him last year, Swanson and Edgar are the two leading candidates to face “Blessed” in his first official title defense.
Anyone care to make a case for either man?