Anthony Pettis has added insult to injury for Cub Swanson.
Swanson says that Pettis has not only jumped the title shot queue following his win over Donald Cerrone last month, he has also stolen a move from him in the process.
Pettis is being granted an immediate title shot in the featherweight division. UFC president Dana White says the match was made after Pettis texted him and asked for it. Swanson, riding a 3-0 streak of wins inside the distance, wants to know why his own texts don’t get the same response.
“Yeah its the famous text message. I wish my texts were that impressive. But its a great match-up and as a fan I am excited for it. When I get my opportunity I would love a crack at Aldo [again], I feel like I owe that fight to the fans and I feel like I never had a chance to showcase [myself in] that fight. If we meet again I would love that chance,” he tells Fighters Only.
“[I’d like to fight Aldo] Just because we have history but I think everybody would be interested in a me and Pettis match-up. We both kind of throw some crazy stuff. Though you know, he has been complaining about people stealing his moves - I am pretty sure he stole one of my moves in his last fight, the cartwheel kick.”
The cartwheel kick - which, bizarrely, went almost unremarked by the commentary team when Pettis threw it - is also a trademark of the Muay Thai legend Saenchai. So could the argument be made that he is the fighter who has actually been robbed?
“Well… that wasn’t in MMA!” says a dogged Swanson.
Swanson also weighed in on comments made by Pettis’ coach Duke Roufus recently. Roufus said that Jose Aldo’s signature leg kicks won’t be an issue in the fight because Pettis “knows how to check kicks” using his shin. “They won’t be a factor,” Roufus says. Swanson is not so sure.
“Well the reason you check the kick is that instead of you taking the pain you share the pain. Its like, we are both going to endure this pain because we are going shin to shin. So its like most people would then say OK, you called my bluff and I am not going to kick you any more because you are willing to do that,” he says.
“But in Aldo’s case you can check it but if he doesn’t stop kicking after that then its [a case of] who’s shin is harder. If he decides to check it and Aldo keeps kicking, one of them might be really hurt. I think they are a factor no matter what. I hope he goes in with that game plan of not respecting them. I don’t think its a good idea though.”