Almost four years after his UFC debut, Hacran Dias is still looking for his first stoppage victory inside the Octagon.
Matched up against some of the best featherweights in the UFC roster, and forced out of pivotal bouts with top contenders like Chad Mendes in the past, Dias went the distance in all of his UFC fights, racking up a 3-2 record. On Saturday night, he hopes to change that against Cub Swanson.
The Nova Uniao featherweight faces Swanson in the main card of UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, and sees the bout as a chance to prove he’s one of the top featherweights in the world.
“He’s ranked No. 6 in the UFC, and I’m at No. 10, so it’s another good opportunity for me to test myself against the best. I want to be a top 5 by the end of the year,” Dias told MMA Fighting. “I like the fight, it’s a good opponent. He’s coming off two losses, but you can’t underestimate him. I’m going there to do my best and bring the win.”
Swanson enters the bout following a two-fight skid with submission losses to Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway, but Dias, a black-belt in jiu-jitsu, doesn’t see it as a reason to expect an easy win in Florida.
“We’re among lions at the top of the division, there’s no easy fight,” he said. “He lost to two tough guys who are now close to the title, so it’s a tough opponent coming for a fight. I’m ready. He’s a brawler, really likes to fight and use his boxing. He moves a lot, so I have to follow my strategy and work hard. He leaves some openings on the ground, but he’s no fool. Those guys that submitted him are tough.”
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