Since joining the UFC, Conor McGregor has set the MMA world on fire with his brash personality and his exciting style. Honestly, McGregor is the biggest name in MMA right now.

McGregor just has one of those personalities that is bigger than life and he polarizes the MMA fan base; he is great for the sport. There are a lot of fans out there who really dislike him, but I’m not one of those people; I respect fighters who are supremely confident and who are unafraid to share their opinions.

Where I take issue, though, is with the UFC and fight fans wanting to push McGregor to the front of the line for a title shot against the great, Jose Aldo. I understand you have to strike while the iron is hot, and it doesn’t get hotter than McGregor right now, but pump the brakes a little bit because there are more deserving contenders waiting in line.

Look at Cub Swanson for example.

Swanson lost his UFC debut against Ricardo Lamas, but has since rattled off six consecutive wins, with four coming by way of stoppage. Swanson is scheduled to face former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, at UFC Fight Night 57 later this month. Swanson shared earlier today that a win would indeed lock in his No.1 contender’s position.

Swanson isn’t the only person in front of McGregor though, as Dennis Bermudez has become a force to be reckoned with. Since losing in The Ultimate Fighter 14 finale to Diego Brandao, Bermudez has won seven straight in the Octagon; including back-to-back finishes and the “Performance of the Night” award. Bermudez is set to face former featherweight title challenger, Ricardo Lamas, at UFC 180 and with a win, it would be hard to deny him a title shot.

As much as I like McGregor and respect his skills, he doesn’t have the resume or track record to jump to the front of the line; especially when you have guys like Swanson and Bermudez racking up wins over top flight competition. When did getting a title shot become a popularity contest?

Title shots should be reserved for fighters who have proven their worth by facing and defeating the best competition available.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.