For the sixth straight time inside the Octagon, Cub Swanson had his hand raised, defeating Jeremy Stephens in the main event of UFC Fight Night 44 Saturday night from San Antonio.
While most feel Swanson is the No. 1 contender and will face the winner of Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes, he didn’t take the opportunity to ask for that chance.
“I don’t beg,” said Swanson, when asked about fighting for the UFC featherweight title.
Aldo and Mendes will meet in August, and Swanson will have plenty of time to heal up after a five-round grueling bout with Stephens.
Swanson (21-5) hasn’t lost since his Octagon debut in 2011 to Ricardo Lamas via submission. Of those six wins, four were finishes. Two of his career defeats came in the WEC to Aldo and Mendes.
“Have I redeemed myself or what?” Swanson asked the San Antonio crowd. “After the second round, coach Greg (Jackson) I asked if he wanted me to turn it up? He said yes, so I told him, ‘Will do.'”
For Stephens (23-10), the loss was his first since dropping down from lightweight to 145 pounds. His coach mentioned a possible injury between rounds, and he confirmed that.
“I threw a left hook and my whole left hand went numb,” Stephens said. “I continued to use it because I know the UFC takes care of us and I wanted to put on a fight for the fans.”