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Cub Swanson has been in blistering form in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC over the last year or so, chalking up impressive wins against some of the biggest names in the division including dusting Poirier, Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira.
And Swanson has attributed much of this success to the confidence that has been instilled in him by his team mate and training partner, the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones as well as their trainer Greg Jackson. The 145 lbs contender is currently nursing an injury on his elbow and he is already targeting a comeback to the UFC Octagon as soon as possible.
But he will not hold out for a shot at the title and it doesn’t matter to him when he gets it. He just wants to get his hands on the best fighters in the division. Speaking to Chael Sonnen on UFC Tonight, Swanson stated that he doesn’t know what lies in the future for him but he definitely won’t be following the cue of Ricardo Lamas who held out for a UFC Featherweight Championship match against Jose Aldo, which he got for UFC 169.
He stated that he has just turned thirty and is in the prime of his career and all he wants to do is go out into the Octagon and have fun. He is also targeting a fight against the highly talkative Irishman Conor McGregor.
According to Cub Swanson, he would love a fight with him and he has even asked the UFC for it because he just keeps talking. But the UFC told him he is too far down on the list and it would be difficult to make the fight but it doesn’t matter to him as he will get paid the same for fighting him as well as Aldo.
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TJ Grant will finally get his crack at the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Dana White, the president of the UFC made the official announcement recently that Grant will get his long awaited crack at the title against the newly crowned champion of the 155 lbs division Anthony Pettis in his next outing in the UFC Octagon.
White also mentioned that the UFC never seriously considered a super fight between Pettis and the reigning UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo because Grant was always going to be the next fight for Pettis. However, the UFC are yet to reveal when the match between Grant and Pettis after the latter underwent an MRI scan on his left knee to ascertain the level of damage he underwent but the reports have not been made available as yet and it is very difficult to figure out a timeline regarding the probable return of Pettis to the Octagon.
Pettis admitted that he thought he might even have injured his knee even before he went on to submit Benson Henderson last week in a match for the UFC Lightweight Championship back in his hometown at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Canadian was scheduled to take on Henderson before Pettis at UFC 164 but Grant had to stand down from the fight after he suffered a concussion while training ahead of the fight and Pettis stepped in his position and took the title from Henderson. Grant currently boasts of a record of 5-0 in the division since he dropped down to the 155 lbs category a couple of years back.
And speaking after the match was announced, Grant stated that he didn’t expect the match to be given to him so soon but he is extremely happy about and will work hard to get the title.
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