2012 has been a breakout year for WEC veteran Cub Swanson, who has propelled himself from the middle of featherweight pack to the fray of contendership on the strength of a three-fight win streak he kicked off back in January.
During his current run, the Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts product has scored three straight knockouts, victimizing George Roop, Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira.
So while he entered 2012 as a fringe competitor looking more like a pink slip candidate than a title threat, Swanson exits the year looking very much like a contender in the UFC's 145-pound weight division.
Swanson will seek to continue his run into 2013, and recently took to Twitter to state his intention to bag some big game. From Swanson:
Fighting the Korean Zombie is the only fight that makes sense to me right now @danawhite @ufc
The Korean Zombie, also known by his birth name, Chan Sung Jung, is another featherweight on a three fight win streak, and is on the precipice of challenging for the division's crown.
While playing self-matchmaker is hardly a novel concept for UFC fighters, Swanson's proposal would provide the weight class with a legitimate No.1 contender bout. On the other hand, Frankie Edgar, Erik Koch and Ricardo Lamas might have something to say about the potential scrap being termed as such.
Still, it's an intriguing proposition that would lead to a meaningful fight one way or the other.
And something is telling me it's not a match that would lack for action.
We'll have to wait and see whether Dana White and the UFC takes Swanson's suggestion to heart.