Cub Swanson has packed a career’s worth of injuries into his first eight years as a professional MMA fighter.

That’s why the 28-year-old wants big fights now, just in case more injuries come and his future’s short.

“You never know when it’s going to be your last fight, and I want to be fighting the most exciting fights, the best guys and really leave my mark if I have to stop fighting at some point,” Swanson recently told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show.”

In January, Swanson delivered what he considers the biggest win of his career -- a second-round stoppage of George Roop at UFC on Fox 2. It was a fight many expected Swanson to lose.

“Most of my best memorable performances were on undercards, and then my big losses were on the main cards,” Swanson said. “I feel like to the average person, that’s how they remember me is my not-so-good performances. I feel like I just need to step up and really showcase my skills when the time is right.”

He’ll get a chance Friday when he fights Ross Pearson, the lightweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9, at UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, N.J.

“I just feel that I’m faster than him,” Swanson said. “He’s a person that I thought was a big [lightweight]. I was like, ‘This is going to be crazy. He’s going to get down to 145?’ So I always thought that he was going to be a pretty big [featherweight], but I’ve actually put on a bunch of size and strength and kept my speed, so I’m not as worried about that. I just know that he comes to fight and so do I. I feel like I might have a little bit more tools in my arsenal.”

Despite all of his injuries over the years, Swanson kept working on his game. If he stays healthy, he could cause problems in the UFC’s 145-pound division.

“I think the biggest thing for me when I was injured was I would like disappear for a year and I would always think to myself and laugh … like my opponents are going to think I haven’t been training,” Swanson said. “But when my jaw was wired shut, I was running on the treadmill. That was the only thing I could do. I was hitting the bag real light because they told me not to do anything, but I was in the gym with a wired jaw. When I broke my hands, I was sparring with a cast on one hand and punching with the other and kicking. When you do things like that, you really have to evolve your game and push yourself to think outside the box. I’ve always tried to improve and I think it shows.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 26:07).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Yoel Romero Says He's in Michael Bisping's Head (UFC 205 video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 38 views

After beating Chris Weidman at UFC 205 in New York, Yoel Romero believes he's in champion Michael Bisping's head. read news >>

'UFC on the Fly' catches up with Ross Pearson ahead of UFC Fight Night 99

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

Can a trip home help UFC vet Ross Pearson find his groove again?Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

On the Rise: Sao Paulo Edition

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Before the familiar foes hit the Octagon, however, a host of fighters worth tracking as this year readies to give way to the next will set the table for them. This is On the Rise. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 99 pre-fight facts: Ross Pearson first to reach 5 fights in 2016

  • 23 days ago
  • 8 views

For the first time since November 2014 the UFC will host two events in one day, and the first half of Saturday’s doubleheader will see UFC Fight Night 99 take place at SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern read news >>

Kamaru Usman believes he's best grappler in division, wants Demian Maia next to prove it

  • 22 days ago
  • 7 views

SAO PAULO – “The Ultimate Fighter 21” winner Kamaru Usman believes he’s the best grappler in the UFC’s welterweight division, and he wants the chance to prove it against the man many consider to be t read news >>

UFC Fight Night 99's Ross Pearson might be on the ropes, but he has no regrets

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

BELFAST, Northern Ireland – For most of Ross Pearson’s career, it’s been a roller coaster.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Fight Night 99 results: Steven Ray takes split, edges Ross Pearson

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

BELFAST, Northern Ireland – The only thing all three judges seemed to agree on in the fight between Steven Ray and Ross Pearson is that one of the fighters won all three rounds.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 99 results: Steven Ray takes split, edges Ross Pearson

  • 20 days ago
  • 4 views

BELFAST, Northern Ireland – The only thing all three judges seemed to agree on in the fight between Steven Ray and Ross Pearson is that one of the fighters won all three rounds.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Stevie Ray Admits to a Close Fight, but Takes the Win Over Ross Pearson (UFC Belfast Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 5 views

Stevie Ray had to admit that it was a close fight with Ross Pearson, but took the victory at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 99 Athlete Outfitting pay: 5th fight of 2016 brings Ross Pearson to top tier

  • 20 days ago
  • 15 views

BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 99 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $112,500.Filed u read news >>