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Morning Report: Barring loss to Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson 'assured' by UFC to get next shot at Jose Aldo

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Cub Swanson isn't happy.

Suffering through shots of featherweight contender Conor McGregor sitting cageside at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Swanson was forced to enjoy the action from home.

Facing the media after 25 minutes of work against Chad Mendes, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo wasn't even asked about Swanson.

UFC president Dana White did his best to help build imaginary barriers for McGregor to climb in the form of a 'motivated' Denis Siver, but eyes could be heard rolling in the back row.

Swanson's name didn't garner so much as a mention during the entire post-fight press conference and the proverbial writing on the wall seemed clear.

Despite all this, Swanson says the UFC assures him that he, not McGregor, will be next for a shot at Aldo barring a loss to former challenger Frankie Edgar.

'Pissed off about the title situation,' Swanson still isn't holding his breath.

"I'll be excited to get a title shot when I have a contract for that fight, but until then it's just words," Swanson told Bleacher Report. "I've had a chip on my shoulder for a long time and especially so now with all of this. I'm just going to keep winning fights, and I'll take out the frustration of being passed over on whoever they put in front of me."

6-0 in the UFC since 2012, Swanson has seen featherweight title shots awarded to Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas, none of whom had put together that sort of win streak.

Swanson joined Aldo's highlight reel in 2009 at WEC 41 when he was famously knocked out just eight seconds into their title eliminator bout with a flying knee. It remains Swanson's sole stoppage via strikes.

"For my past three fights, people have been asking me if I'm excited to get the title shot. My win over Dennis Siver could have gotten it. My fight against Jeremy Stephens was supposed to be an official title eliminator, and this fight with Edgar is another title eliminator. They've decided to pass me by, and hearing the winner gets a title shot almost means nothing to me."

Swanson faces Edgar in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson Nov. 22 in Austin, Texas.



Aftermath. Dave Doyle recaps everything of note from UFC 179.

Post Show. Ariel Helwani and Guilherme Cruz wrap up UFC 179, breaking down the top storylines coming out of Saturday night's card.

Free ones. Jose Aldo 'thought the fight was over' after landing two controversial post-bell punches on Chad Mendes.

'He's a guy who just talks.' Jose Aldo compares Conor McGregor to Chael Sonnen'He hasn't fought anyone as tough as us. So to get here right now and talk, I've heard that a lot.'

'I'm going to rip his head off.' Conor McGregor says he's 'going to punish' Dennis Siver over the German's failed drug-test.




Highlights from Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes at UFC 179.


Dana White weighs in on Aldo/Mendes.


UFC 179 post-fight presser highlights. (Full presser here)


Conor McGregor's media scrum prior to UFC 179.


Highlights from Bellator 130.


Anderson Silva walks out in Rio.


Long watches.

UFC 179: Fight Club Q&A with Conor McGregor


Joe Rogan Experience - Fight Companion - October 25, 2014



Check out our Pros React piece for instant reaction from UFC 179.


Victory lap.

As usual one already and barbecue to celebrate our victory !!! I'm the greatest #hotwhey #tnt #venumteam #nu #cears


Better luck next time.

Brazil! I want to tell you all that I and my friend gloverteixeira we are very honored to have risen and left our blood in the Octagon. I fought for you too and I am honored by this, I did not take the best of this increasingly returning to train hard with my team and very soon I will smile back at you. Many thanks to everyone who supported me!






Davis fan.






Out there dancing.

Viver! E não ter a vergonha de ser feliz.... #UFC179 #RioDeJaneiro @ufc @ufcbrasiloficial @ufcoctagongirls

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Ready for Halloween.



Announced yesterday (Oct. 24-26 2014)




Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Hoss.Boss.

MMA in Canada Fighting Against Hockey for the Limelight

Tonight's UFC 179 card does not have televised prelims, at least not in Canada. With Rogers recent purchase of the rights to the NHL formerly consistent UFC content is getting pushed out of the way for Canada's national sport.

Once referred to as the "Mecca of MMA" Canada received a great deal in the Rogers Sportsnet contract that the UFC was able to secure. Even fights in other countries, available only on Fightpass in the UFC's home country south of the Canadian border, were live on TV for Canadian fans.


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