Every man shares the common fear of inconsistency. Whether that be in providing for his family, in their profession, or mastering an art or skill set. In the world of mixed martial arts, inconsistency can lead to unemployment or put a fighter on the verge of irrelevancy.

For rising star Cub Swanson, inconsistency was once a constant battle. A battle that can wear one down and provide feelings of defeat. Swanson became a victim of inconsistency for nearly four years, posting a 4-4 record beginning with his loss to Jens Pulver under the WEc banner in Dec. 2007 and running through his UFC debut in Nov. 2011. Granted his other losses in that stretch came at the hands of current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and top contenders Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas, but Swanson was far from content with the direction his career was heading.

Swanson (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

However, much like Swanson, one can overcome the obstacle of inconsistency through hard work, dedication and a lot of pain. Since his fall to Lamas at UFC’s first appearance on Fox, Swanson has reeled off three straight wins, all in which were finished within the first two rounds.

Now more than ever, Swanson has everyone’s attention. The attention could become even more focused in on Swanson if he is able to capture his fourth consecutive win when he meets fellow featherweight Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fuel TV 7 this Saturday evening in London.

“I approach every fight with the plan to finish the fight,” Swanson said in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “That’s my goal every single fight. If that doesn’t happen, I’m prepared to go the full three rounds. I’m in a position where I can maintain the same pace for the entire fight and bring the same energy without slowing down.

“This fight really boils down to who has the most heart and who wants it more. I know he has a lot of heart, and he’s going to be ready for me. I’ll be ready too, and I’m ready for whatever he wants to bring to the table. Even though I’ve won three in a row, I still feel that I need to make a statement. This is my opportunity”.

Cub Swanson (James Law/Heavy MMA)

As expected, every martial artist’s goal is to one day become the champion in his or her respective weight division. While that is certainly a long-term goal for Swanson, his sights are currently set on Poirier. Nothing more and nothing less.

“It’s easy to think about getting a title shot if this happens or if that happens. But in reality, you just need to win your fights and it will fall into place. Don’t get me wrong, I would love a title shot, but I need to take care of business here first. If I don’t take care of [Poirier], everything is meaningless.

“I’m confident that I will get my shot. My time will come in the future, and when it does, I’ll take advantage of it. For now, I just need to take care of what I can take care of.

“Everything else will fall into place.”

Top Photo: Cub Swanson (R) delivers a right hand (James Law/Heavy MMA)