UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo is set to put his title on the line in a few weeks when he faces Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. However, as it stands, there isn’t another clear-cut contender lined up to lock horns with the winner of Aldo-Edgar other than perhaps Chan Sung Jung who hasn’t fought since May.
Fortunately, it appears the UFC has a plan in place to remedy the matter.
“I’m being told my fight with Dennis Siver is for #1 contender,” wrote Cub Swanson in a recent post on Twitter. “I’m gonna kill it.”
Swanson and Siver, who are both riding the momentum of consecutive victories, are scheduled for a showdown on February 16 at UFC on Fuel 7.
Swanson (18-5) is on a three-fight run including strike-based stoppages over George Roop, Ross Pearson, and Charles Oliveira. If he does somehow score a shot at Aldo it will mark a rematch of an eight-second scrap in 2009 where the Brazilian landed a flying knee many consider see as one of WEC’s all-time highlights.
Comparably, the 21-8 Siver is 2-0 since dropping down to 145 pounds with success against Diego Nunes/Nam Phan. Prior to the move he’d gone 4-1 as a lightweight in his previous five fights.
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