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Midnight Mania! Free agent Cub Swanson shrugs at removal from UFC rankings

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Cub Swanson, recently ranked 4th at featherweight, has been removed from the UFC’s rankings.

Now a free agent, he opted to fight out his last contracted bout against Brian Ortega, and despite tearing Ortega apart standing, found himself in the death grip of a standing guillotine from Ortega, who tapped him out in the second round. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Swanson.

His response to the rankings snub? An emoji shrug. Swanson, who has put together four and six-fight winning streaks under the UFC banner without receiving a title shot, has learned to be stoic.

Cub isn’t the first to be removed from UFC rankings during negotiations, a ploy the UFC has attempted before against Nate Diaz. Marc Ratner ended up getting grilled for that omission by Congressman Markwayne Mullins, the primary sponsor of the Muhammad Ali Expansion Act, which would introduce into MMA an independent belt and ranking system, one that an individual promotion like the UFC would not be able to control.

Swanson has said previously he isn’t looking for fancy cars, but with a newly minted child, he is looking for financial stability. Hopefully, no matter where he lands, he finds it.


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