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  • 07-05-2013, 09:21 PM
    Ricardo Lamas should be next up.
  • 07-05-2013, 03:44 PM
    Greg Jackson: With Win Over Dennis Siver, Cub Swanson Should Fight for Title

    “Siver’s been on a great tear too at 145,” Jackson told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I think that this match should be for the No. 1 contender spot. Whether it is or not remains to be seen, but I feel that if Cub wins and puts on a good performance that there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be fighting for that title.”

    Siver has won six of his last seven. Most recently, he earned a unanimous decision over Nam Phan in December at UFC on Fox 5. His only loss since early 2010 came against Donald Cerrone via rear-naked choke.

    “Dennis is so tough,” Jackson said. “He’s got that unorthodox kickboxing style that’s very effective for him. Very looping punches. That left high kick does really well and the spin kicks and stuff, and then he’s really showed a good ground game lately -- a good wrestling game and a good ground game. He’s a complete fighter, which means we’ve kind of have to beat him everywhere. That’s a tall order because Siver’s pretty tough. I feel that Cub’s ready for it. I think he’s had a great camp and I just have confidence in my guy, but it’s going to be no easy fight for sure.”

    Siver can strike, but Swanson’s camp won’t be surprised if he chooses to wrestle in the fight. It’s a tactic Jackson believes Swanson is ready for.

    “I think he’s really turned the page,” Jackson said. “I think he’s kind of stepped up to that next level. I think there’s no doubt that if he starts getting the better of Siver on his feet, Dennis is going to shoot in on him and we’ll see what Cub can show in that counter wrestling/jiu-jitsu game.”

    What happens Saturday could surprise fans, but it won’t surprise Jackson. Despite his success, Swanson has not yet surpassed Jackson’s expectations for him -- but that’s only because the expectations were high.

    “I wouldn’t say surpassed because I saw the potential in him, but he’s certainly coming into his own,” Jackson said. “I guess I always saw that in him, and now it’s just nice that all you guys in the world can see it too.”
  • 07-05-2013, 02:16 AM
    Come on now, did no jj? I don't believe that for a second. If that is the case I would wonder at the brilliance of his "game planning". I'm going to knock him out only works if you're not taken down and you know, can actually do it. Against Olivera he did but still, doesn't seem too smart to me.
  • 07-05-2013, 12:01 AM

    Cub Swanson on game planning, Frankie Edgar & working with troubled teens

    Here's what he had to say:

    Frankie Edgar & Title Shots

    I'm ahead of him, you know what I mean? The fans don't want to see him fight for the title again, right away. They want to see him earn it again. He's had opportunity after opportunity, and now it's our turn. I've waited so patiently. I'm just keeping my mouth shut and fighting hard. I'm letting my work speak for itself, so I know my time is coming. I just want to go out there and live up to my own expectations.

    I don't worry about Frankie getting a shot before me, because I don't think he'll be able to finish Oliveira more impressively than I did. It kind of pissed me off when he called me out, because he specifically asked for five rounds, because he thinks that the only way he'll beat me is by grinding out a decision or taking me into deep waters. That offended me. I'm here putting in the work. You don't get to come down here demanding whatever you want. I deserve to call the shots, not him.

    Game Planning

    As long as I'm in there doing my thing, and am aware of what he's doing, I'm gonna be fine. There's nothing that he's got that I can't defend. That was the thing when I fought Oliveira. Everyone said I had to really focus on jiu jitsu, because he was so slick on the ground. I literally did no jiu jitsu for that camp. Everyone was like, 'Are you training your jiu jitsu for him?' I said, 'Nope. I'm gonna knock him out.' He's a very slick grappler. Why am I gonna train my whole camp trying to work his strength?

    I feel like that's a mistake I've made in the past. When I fought Chad Mendes, I worried so much about wrestling, that I ended up getting taken down the entire camp. By the time I got in the cage to fight him, my confidence was so low, I couldn't put anything together, because I wasn't fighting like myself. I was worried about training to fight his fight. If you do what you do better, then it doesn't matter.

    Work With Troubled Teens

    As far as going out there, and giving back to the community, it's something I've been doing for a while now, kind of quietly. I do it every opportunity I get, even though I'm not a great public speaker, because I get nervous. I just feel like I have to, like I should be doing this. The only reason I let it be known that I was doing this, was to challenge others to do it, too. If you're in a position to positively impact people, then you should do that.

    Not Becoming a Product of the System

    I remember having so many tickets, because I used to get harassed by the police. They would just pile up to where I couldn't afford them, so I didn't even want to deal with them. It was such a headache that they would just let them go, and that's where a lot of people end up getting into more trouble. I can see how hard it is for people that are trying to do good, but get buried in their circumstances. At the end of the day though, it boils down to a lot of choices, and the choices you make earlier in life affect you later on down the road. You just have to accept responsibility for those, and make the changes.

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