There’s a lot riding on this Saturday’s scrap between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson, and although the latter has reportedly been offered a title shot if he wins, Conor McGregor says he’s rooting for his fellow contender.
Of course, McGregor is also in the running to be the next man who will challenge UFC featherweight champ, Jose Aldo, provided he defeats Dennis Siver on January 18th. So why is McGregor hoping Swanson wins on November 22nd? Considering a Swanson loss would improve his own chances of locking up a title fight?
Well, here is what McGregor had to say on the subject at the UFC’s press conference earlier this week (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“I would like Cub to win for the specific reason that he seems to think he has been promised the UFC title shot if he wins this fight against Frankie,” McGregor said. “So I want to him to win that contest, and then I will bake a freshly made pie and smack him clean in the face with it when I get the title shot.”
Interesting. Not sure there’s ever been such a threat in UFC history has there? A pie in the face? It certainly would make for some highlight reel footage. No question.
Since both McGregor and Swanson are title shot front runners, it will be interesting to see who the UFC goes with, if both men win their respective fights. Most observers believe Swanson has a tougher test ahead of him, since he’s taking on one of the UFC’s best pound-for-pound fighters in Edgar.
Siver will be a sizeable underdog come January 18th, but the German fighter didn’t become the promotion’s #8th ranked featherweight by accident. So, is “Notorious” looking past the featherweight vet?
“I won’t look past Dennis; I will look through him, exactly where I plan on going, and then carry on. But I believe 2015 will be my year. I know a lot of the featherweights are bitching and moaning and hating on it, but they don’t have to love it. They can even hate it. But they will be forced to accept it.”
There you have it.
McGregor-Siver will headline UFC Fight Night 59, which will go down at Boston’s TD Garden Arena.
Swanson-Edgar, meanwhile, is the main event for UFC Fight Night 57 this Saturday, which will be hosted by the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. On paper, it’s a fight that should be extremely entertaining.