Dana White: Swanson vs. Mendes Makes Sense If Aldo Moves To Lightweight

Dana White: Swanson vs. Mendes Makes Sense If Aldo Moves To Lightweight


It looks like Dana White has got a plan in place if Jose Aldo does indeed make his look discussed move up to the lightweight division.

Last week at UFC 169, top featherweight contender Chad Mendes said he thought it would a good idea to have him fight Cub Swanson for the featherweight title, if Aldo did indeed move up to fight Anthony Pettis at lightweight.

“Maybe me and Cub Swanson can fight for the title (if Aldo vacates the belt),” Mendes said. “I don’t think Aldo should take the belt with him and put the whole division on hold.”

Well it seems like the UFC president is also fond of Mendes’ idea. Yesterday, White appeared on Fox Sports 1’s “Fox Sports Live” and while he never made an official announcement, he did say a fight between Swanson and Mendes would make sense.

“It would probably be—listen, I’m not making a fight announcement here or anything—but what would make sense is Cub Swanson and Chad Mendes would probably be fighting for that title, and Pettis and Aldo would fight at 155,” said White.

Swanson and Mendes already have history, the two have already fought back at WEC 50 in August 2010. “Money” won that fight via unanimous decision.

As nothing is yet official for Aldo vs. Pettis, Swanson and Mendes will have to play the waiting game until a decision is made. Swanson is currently recovering from Elbow surgery, so he will have no problem with waiting but Mendes may be a little bit more impatient for his shot.

The Team Alpha Male fighter is on one of the hottest runs in the UFC at the moment, he’s currently on a five-fight win streak with four straight finishes, Mendes is rightfully the no.1 contender and deserves to be next in line to fight for the title. Who he fights for the title, however, we are yet to find out.

What do you make of White’s comments, is Mendes vs. Swanson a possibly?



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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IGMBurninPiff IGMBurninPiff

    It does make the most sense, and Swanson deserves the fight. However I don't see him beating Mendes. I don't see anyone beating Mendes unless Aldo stays at 145 and even that I said this time around would be a different fight. Mendes is a real beast. I also think if Aldo moves up Barao can hold both belts. If he moved up I think he could give Mendes a real run for his money and possibly win.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Dabs Dabs

    I don't understand why they would want a dominant champ like Aldo to vacate the belt when they could have a superfight at 150 so it's a no lose situation for all parties concerned. If there is a serious injury after the fight then there can be an interim title on the line. I sense that the UFC do not like Aldo too much.