Featherweight contender Cub Swanson (18-5) says he fears MMA matchmaking is going the way of boxing. Swanson, who's on a three-fight win streak, is scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier (13-2) at UFC on Fuel 7 in London on February 16. His ultimate goal is a rematch with champion Jose Aldo (22-1), who he thinks deserved the win against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (15-4). Anthony Pettis (16-2) is now dropping down a division to face Aldo in August and while the 29-year-old is excited to watch the fight, he told MMA Fighting it's a worrying trend.
"It's an exciting match-up and as a fan I'm excited for it, but as someone who's in the division, you know, it's a little bit like, 'oh, ok, this guy can just come over and get a title shot.' It's a little bit annoying but my time will come, I'm not too stressed about it and if everybody keeps dropping to 145lbs, who knows, maybe I'll move up to 155lbs. I could, I've been walking around like 180lbs, 185lbs, I could if I wanted t0 ... It seems like we're going along that road now that everybody criticised boxing for. For putting the biggest names together and not necessarily the people who earned the shot. We seem to be going down that road."