UFC 152’s Cub Swanson Feels Fortunate With Getting Opponents That Bring It


Cub Swanson at WEC 41“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

-Confucius

For years, Cub Swanson has been trying to claw his way to the top of the featherweight division and now his hard work is starting to finally pay dividends.

Swanson had most of the tools and the athletic ability to be a successful fighter, but it seemed as if he forced things to happen amongst some of the better fighters instead of being loose and letting his techniques flow.

Look no further than the Chad Mendes fight, where the 28-year-old was frustrated and outwrestled for three rounds.  While, being outwrestled by an All-American is nothing to hang your head in shame about, Swanson was angered at himself for freezing up and fearing the takedown.

“I think when I fought Chad Mendes, and no disrespect to him, but that was the most unsatisfying fight I’ve ever had,” Swanson told MMAWeekly Radio.

“I got up and nothing happened except for I got poked in the eye and I had to go see the doctor about that.  I felt like I didn’t fight.  I was like, wow, a whole training camp and I didn’t really fight. If I go in to train this hard and be away from my family and sacrifice all the things that I have sacrificed throughout my career over and over again, let’s fight.  I want a guy who’s willing to bring it.”

After cringing at his own performance, Swanson turned things around.  Going 3-1 in his next four outings, the Greg Jackson pupil scored two Fight of the Night bonuses and has taken out the likes of Ross Pearson and George Roop.

As Swanson heads into Toronto for UFC 152, he feels blessed that the UFC is matching him up against Charles Oliveira, who is yet another fighter that brings it. And he plans to continue to show that he has risen into a league of his own.

“He’s dangerous, he’s worked a lot on his stand-up, so he’s not just a one-dimensional fighter anymore.  It’s going to be an intriguing match.  I know his only two losses are to two top 155-pounders and both of those fighters I admire.  If I could be one of those losses on his record, it’d make me feel real good.

“I feel like my opponents that I’ve been getting lately that I’m very fortunate that I get guys who want to fight,” Swanson continued.  “It takes two in there and, like I said, my opponents are helping me look good, but not just by my wins but with both of us going in there going balls to the wall and putting on a show for the fans.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more UFC 152 news and fight coverage.

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

Related News

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

Donald Cerrone understands that professional fighting is just as much about entertainment as it is sport. Not every fighter can be champion, but they all share an equal opportunity to become an entit read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 12 views

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier feel that people are over simplifying their UFC 182 main event title fight by focusing mainly on the wrestling aspect of the match-up. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

LAS VEGAS -- Myles Jury talks about his UFC 182 fight against Donald Cerrone, why a win over Cerrone should warrant a title shot, how he relaxes after his fights, his relationship with his sports psy read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 4 views

On Saturday night, Jon Jones used UFC 182 to stake a claim that he may be one of the best athletes to ever compete in mixed martial arts. He took a victory over Daniel Cormier in the main event, as t read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

The main event of UFC 182 saw Jon Jones retain his UFC Light Heayweight Championship in a victory over Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision. Jones handed Cormier his first MMA loss in a thrilling fig read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC veteran Lorenz Larkin is just on the cusp of his debut as a welterweight, and like his previous weight drop, he’s feeling pretty good. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 4 views

Despite losing the second of two opponents with mere days to go until fight time, Uriah Hall will remain on the UFC Fight Night 59 fight card in Boston on Sunday. read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 156 views

LAS VEGAS – Dennis Siver has been noticeably absent from the UFC’s promotional materials for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 59 headliner, but company officials insist that will change in the days leading u read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 3 views

Unbeaten in MMA and 3-0 under the UFC banner, Bethe Correia accepted Sarah Kaufman’s callout and predicted a first-round knockout victory. Kaufman, who hasn’t fought since a decision win over Leslie read news >>