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Cub Swanson with Brother Steven Coach Joel Diaz and his TRU MMA Team

By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

To begin the story of Cub Swanson (21-5 MMA), lets start halfway through the tale, to eliminate the 300 lbs elephant. In June 2009, Swanson ate a knee :08 seconds into his fight with Jose Aldo that ended the night for Swanson. ow he lost has since been the screw his haters turn whenever Swanson gets close to that title shot again. The problem is, it appears the UFC is listening, or at least agreeing.

Cub Swanson is a throwback fighter, in a world where title shots are talked into existence, Swanson prefers to let the wins pile up. His 6 fight win streak was punctuated with a 5 round dismantling of Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night. Still after the win Swanson stayed true to his mantra, “I don’t beg!” Swanson said. Should he have too?

His current win streak has seen him beat Denis Siver, Ross Pearson, Dustin Poirier, and Charles Oliveira, as well as the aforementioned Stephens, with four of those six wins coming via stoppage.

Currently champion Jose Aldo is set to face Chad Mendes in Los Angeles in August. What is odd is that the same stereotype that haunts Swanson (vicious loss to Aldo) should also haunt Mendes (who was also KO’d by an Aldo Knee), however for some reason it doesn’t. Both fighters have been on a roll since the tile loss. Mendes has maintained an unblemished record, where as Swanson stumbled once when he was caught in a triangle by former title challenger Ricardo Lamas. (A fight Swanson was dominating before getting caught in the submission!)

So, whose next? If the UFC had its way, they would probably lobby for Connor MacGregor. Who is quickly replacing Chael Sonnen as the mouth of the UFC. Will he be able to talk his way into contention? What happens if Mendes gets hurt while preparing?

Hopefully Swanson’s status as a headliner at a Fight Night Event, was the UFC’s way of seeing if he was a viable headliner. As the UFC grows glaring hole has been the amount of legitimate headliners that can sell a PPV. Recent declines in numbers have people wondering if the amount of events (some weekends now how 2 events!) have watered down interest.

Sure this is all conjecture, and monday morning quarterbacking, but I question anyone to find someone more deserving of a title shot than Cub Swanson. Its been 5 years since he lost to Aldo the first time. In that time, no featherweight has shown more improvement. Each win has been punctuated by drastic improvements.

Swanson is also not the type to ‘ride out a win’. As his win over Stephens showed, even when clearly ahead on points, Swanson is constantly looking for the finish. Winning decisively is not enough for ‘Killer Cub’, he has to finish. This determination is what makes him one of the UFC’s most entertaining fighters to watch.

To deny a fighter what he has earned, because of what others perceive is shameful. It reduces effort, and makes the sport look more and more like a popularity contest, than a combat sport competition!

Maybe if the sport was actually regulated by the ranking system already in place, we wouldn’t run into these issues. The Bottom line is the UFC decides who fights who, not the rankings.

We can only hope that the deserving, and the anointed are one in the same!

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UFC 162 is set to take place Saturday Night in Las Vegas. The main card is stacked with a talent pool that all but guarantees one of the most exciting nights of mixed martial arts ever.  With a few lack luster cards in recent history, the company is betting this card will reverse that trend.

The main card is headlined by two champions, one current and one former. Both fighting to cement their respective legacies. Frankie Edgar is attempting to come back after losing his last three fights, all title fights, and in the eyes of many, he was robbed of victory not once or twice but in every fight. For the first time in years Edgar will fight in a 3 round non title bout.

Anderson Silva is the other legend fighting in the main event. I don’t think anyone would argue if you called him the greatest mixed martial arts in the history of the sport. Since joining the UFC middleweight division, Silva has rattled off 16 consecutive victories and has defended the title against all comers, including Chael Sonnen twice. Although age is creeping up on the champion, he never seems to show any cracks on fight night.

Both Charles Oliveira and Chris Weidman have been touted as the future of the sport since they began landing leather in the octagon. Oliveira started his career off strong, but has since run into a few speed bumps. However, his talent has never been in question and his pedigree certainly merits caution.

Chris Weidman, on the other hand has never lost. In fact, rarely has he even been in trouble. Weidman introduced himself as a title contender loudly with a standing elbow KO of Mark Munoz that put the entire division on alert. Like Sonnen, (the only man to ever have any measure of success against Silva in the UFC) Weidman possesses and incredible wrestling game and could stymie the striking of Silva by smothering him. However unlike Sonnen, Weidman is also a high level striker. Which creates other challenges for the champion. Many UFC fighters and professionals are picking Weidman.

 

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson

This is an interesting match up, in the very cluttered 145 lbs division. I don’t believe the winner will get a title shot, but he will definitely be on a short list of contenders. Siver is ridiculously strong at this weight, the former 170 lbs fighter utilizes and assortment of strikes, but his best asset may be his ability to absorb punishment. Cub Swanson is one of the most dynamic strikers in all of MMA, and has been on a tear since his loss to Ricardo Lamas. Swanson will need to avoid the kicks of Siver, and bring the fight into his kitchen. The only way this fight is going to the ground, is if Siver has no other choice but to take Swanson down. Speed is going to be the difference. Winner Swanson via UD rd 3
Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz

Both fighters need victories if they have any ideas at making a title run. Munoz hasn’t fought in quite some time, but his training has been well documented and he looks to be in amazing shape. Tim Boetsch may not be the most exciting fighter to watch, but he gets the job done. A true grinder, Boetsch is known for winning wars of attrition, however this will not be one of those fights. Winner Munoz via TKO rd 2
Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy

Both fighters will be making their promotional debuts, after being folded into the mix when the now defunct Strikeforce promotion closed its doors. Gracie will need to utilize his submission game to control the fight. Kennedy although not primarily known as a striker, will hold a decisive advantage in this department. Kennedy does not want to try his luck inside the guard of a Gracie! Winner Kennedy via TKO rd 1

Co Main Event
Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira

Frankie Edgar has single handily ruined fight journalism. There are no more ways to describe him. Every pun, or analogy has been used and abused. So I will spare you any more Rocky references. However, the guy is not a character he is a real fighter. Edgar’s chin and ability to take and give punishment simultaneously is Gatti-esque. His fights with Gray Maynard, Benson Henderson, and Jose Aldo are three of the best fights I have ever seen!

Oliveira is the young gun. At 23 he has already accomplished so much inside the cage. His muay thai has improved tremendously, and has removed him from the ranks of the one trick pony fighters. But his former one trick, his jujitsu, may be the absolute best in the division. This fight is being billed as David vs Golliath, with Edgar being billed as David. I disagree, Oliveira is David, and unfortunately for him, this time Golliath wins! Winner Edgar via TKO rd 3

Main Event

Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title

Many professionals and fight aficionados are picking Weidman to win this fight. On paper, his style is an absolute nightmare for a guy like Silva. Weidman is young, strong as an ox, and he has an entire workshop of tools that he can use. His striking left Mark Munoz and Uriah Hall in a heap, he has submitted Tom Lawler, and in his fight against Demian Maia he proved he could avoid the submission game, in order to grind out a victory. The man has won in every conceivable way, at every level he has competed on. However, he is fighting a man that has never lost in the UFC, in 16 fights.

Anderson Silva is not only the baddest man alive, he is an artist inside that cage. He paints the bloodiest of canvases, with the precision of a surgeon. He is coy, sometimes arrogant in the cage. Often times, he plays possum and lures his opponents into a false sense of success only to break them in an instance. However at times has also looked aloof when his competition, refused to engage or laid prone in hopes of inducing the grind. Chris Weidman will offer no such luxury for Silva. He will bring the fight from the opening bell, and will be in the champions face from the onset. However, how long he remains there is the question. Unlike many of the professionals that are picking Weidman, I am picking Silva. Why? I have 16 reasons! Winner Silva via Submission rd 3

by Jonathan King: The Clinch Report

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 / AIR CANADA CENTRE, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

The fight card for this event hardly resembles its original incarnation. Injuries have left an indelible mark, and once agian officaials were

Charles Oliveira (16-2 MMA, 4-2-1 NC UFC) vs. Cub Swanson (17-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC))

In the main cards first bout, two dynamic strikers are put face to face to clear up the featherweight division. Since moving too the division Oliviera is 2- 0, with both wins coming via impressive submission. WEC vet Cub Swanson is looking to build off of recent wins over Ricardo Lamas, and Ross Pearson. Swanson also possesses one of the most dangerous guillotine chokes in all of MMA.

Predictions: Oliviera via late first round submission. In a very exciting 4 minute fight.

Matt Hamill (10-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) vs. Roger Hollett (13-3 MMA, UFC DEBUT)

Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill is returning after a brief, and seemingly early retirement from the sport. Re invigorated and excited to be back, ‘The Hammer’ looks to spoil the long awaited UFC debut of Roger Hollett. Hollet the owner of a 5 fight win streak will have to avoid the aggressive wrestling of the seasoned Hamill. He may be able to secure a submission from the bottom, although he would be the first to do so, as Hamill has never tapped in his MMA career.

Predictions: Matt Hamill via 2nd rd TKO

Michael Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) vs. Brian Stann (12-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC)

This fight has ‘Fight of The Night’ potential. Both fighters possess incredible striking power, with Bisping maintaining an edge on technique, while Stann holds the power advantage. Stann may have an edge in the wrestling department, however Bisping’s ground game is massively improved and incredible under rated. Both fighters are looking to stake their claim to contender status, so that should add to the excitement. The fight should be a great stand up war that displays a power vs technique.

Prediction: Michael Bisping via unanimous decision

Joseph Benavidez (16-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC)vs. Demetrious Johnson (15-2-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) -For Inaugural UFC Flyweight Title

This is another candidate for ‘Fight of The Night’. Both fighters are have great cardio conditioning, so 5 rounds is not an issue for either fighter. Johnson has gone the distance with Dominick Cruz and Ian McCall recently. Benavidez has only lost twice in his career, both losses coming at the hands of Dominick Cruz. Each fighter possess great wrestling and grappling skills, however Benavidez will have a distinct power advantage. This fight may be won in the corners between rounds, with adjustment being the key to victory. Both fighters have been on the verge of title contention for a long time, and finally one will emerge a champion.

Prediction: Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision

Champ Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) vs. Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC)- Light Heavyweight Championship Bout

This fight is the most talked about UFC contest in years, for all the wrong reasons. Injuries forced the UFC’s hand and after losing Dan Henderson to a torn knee, the UFC was forced to cancel its first event UFC 151. Many consider this to be a walkover for Jon Jones, being that Belfort is not even a ranked divisional foe (normally Belfort fights at 185lbs, although he has fought in all of the heavy divisions). Jones who has systematically destroyed everyone put in front of him, should be able to do the same against the much smaller Belfort. However, Vitor Belfort is no slouch, and although he may be past his prime he is still a very explosive striker. If Jon Jones gets sloppy, he could very easily get caught in a ‘Phenom’ rush that has knocked out a whose who of MMA elite.

Prediction: Jon Jones via TKO(referee stoppage) rd 2.