Jun 28, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Cub Swanson (red gloves) fights Jeremy Stephens (blue gloves) in a Featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 43 at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Cub Swanson: "I want to fight the big fights"

This is about as close to a call out as you are ever going to get from Cub Swanson.

When there is an open mic in front of fighters, certain fighters perform as brilliantly as they do inside the cage (Chael Sonnen), while others do not (Cole Miller).

In an age where calling fighters out after a hard earned victory is becoming the norm, Cub Swanson prefers to do all of his talking inside the cage. If that sounds cliché, then mission accomplished. After all, Swanson doesn’t want to wander too far out of his personal comfort zone.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour (transcribed by MMA Fighting, Swanson revealed that trash talking and call outs is simply not for him.

I’m not a big fan of the WWE coming over into our sport and everyone making a show of themselves. It’s not that, it doesn’t bother me, it’s good for some guys, but that’s not me, it’s not my personality. I told myself a long time ago I’m not gonna sell myself out. I’m not gonna sell my soul to be something I’m not. If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it my way.

With his fists.

Swanson, who has turned his career around after a submission loss to Ricardo Lamas at UFC, doesn’t want to be the guy that earns a title shot with his mouth. He also believes that in order to achieve the results he wants, he has to continue to perform in the cage.

If he gets the title shot, fine. If not, then he just has to continue to perform. If you feel bad for Swanson, don’t. Also, don’t expect him to complain about his standing within the division, nor beg for any preferential treatment.

I’m not going to beg anyone else and say ‘please please Dana give me a title shot.’ Because it’s like, I’m showing up. I’m fighting in great fashion. I believe the fans like my style. That should be all. I let my fighting do the talking. I don’t have to put on a great show and dance to make it bigger than it is.

In MMA, Cub Swanson is one of the few guys that believes that good things will come his way if he performs consistently and keeps his mouth closed. Another fighter that shares those beliefs is Frankie Edgar, who has been mentioned as a possible next opponent for Swanson.

Edgar wants to fight Swanson and Swanson wants to fight Edgar. Who says that Joe Silva’s job is difficult? When questioned about a potential fight with Edgar, Swanson had one stipulation.

I’m getting older. I want to fight the big fights. I feel like I deserve to do that. Frankie Edgar is a big name. As long as we could get that fight on a big fight like a Fox card, I’d be up for it.

The ball is in your court, UFC.

With Aldo still recovering and a fight between the champ and Chad Mendes on the horizon, a title eliminator between Swanson and Edgar makes perfect sense.

Despite already doing more than enough to justify his own title shot, Swanson refuses to sit on the sidelines. Cliché alert: a fighter just wants to fight.

Basically I earned the title shot a couple of times now. But the problem is I’ve been the odd man out every time. They keep telling me to wait, wait. I ended up waiting a whole year. I got Jeremy Stephens. Tough guy, way better than that number that was next to his name. To wait out a whole year again, I just don’t want to do that.

What about his guaranteed title shot?

The problem is I’m not guaranteed the title shot. I’m told, but there are no guarantees, because, what if Mendes beats Aldo? I just feel like they’re going to give him an immediate rematch, like every longtime champion. So then, I’m going to be asked out again. Another thing is, what if Aldo wins and gets injured? It’s like I’m waiting a year and a half. So I think the best thing for me, as long as there is a big fight, let’s do it.

Seriously though, does the UFC even have to sell fans on a fight between Swanson and Edgar?

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