03 Dec - 
Swanson Shoots Down Reports Of Aldo Rematch At UFC 233

Consider the gun officially jumped.

Cub Swanson will not be fighting Jose Aldo at the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Anaheim, Calif., despite online reports suggesting the deal was already done. The part-time brewer did, however, express interest in that potential rematch at a later date.

Swanson and Aldo have fought just about everyone there is to fight on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster, including one another, thanks to more than a decade spent throwing hands in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Anyone else suddenly nostalgic for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC)?

Aldo (27-4) ran through Swanson in just eight seconds at WEC 41 way back in 2009, part of a ridiculous 18-fight winning streak that included two championship titles and nine violent finishes. “Junior” was eventually upended by Conor McGregor at UFC 194 and has since gone 2-2 with a pair of losses to current champion Max Holloway.

After his drubbing against Aldo, Swanson (25-10) rebounded to win eight of his next 10, but has recently fallen on hard times. “Killer Cub” is mired in a three-fight losing streak in which he was finished twice, including last August’s submission loss to Brazilian wunderkind Renato Carneiro.

Not sure if the promotion (or Aldo) would be interested in holding off until February, but I don’t hate this fight, considering where both combatants are in their respective careers.

Anyone disagree?