It's been some turnaround for Cub Swanson. The exciting featherweight was the victim of the Jose Aldo double flying knee back in the WEC, and it looked like his career was stagnating following just a 2-2 record by the end of 2011. Swanson instead reeled off a memorable 2012, knocking out George Roop, Ross Pearson, and Charles Oliveira (winning KOTN in the latter two). He starts 2013 with a co-main event fight against Dennis Siver at UFC on FUEL 7 in London on February 16th. According to Swanson, he was told that this fight is for the #1 contender.
Swanson never specified who told him his fight with Siver was for #1 contender, but one could easily infer that a UFC official said it.
We shouldn't forget that Dennis Siver has looked highly effective in his two featherweight fights, defeating Diego Nunes in his debut and then smashing Nam Phan in one of the most lopsided 3 round decisions in UFC history.
It does raise one question - What should we make of Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch? That for all intents and purposes looked like a #1 contender fight set for UFC on FOX 6 in two weeks time, but now it appears that the winner of Swanson and Siver, two names perhaps more recognizable to casual fans, will get the next title shot against either Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo.