Cub Swanson

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Cub Swanson
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Born Kevin Luke Swanson
(1983-11-02) November 2, 1983 (age 30)
Palm Springs, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)
Fighting out of Palm Springs, California
Team Jackson's Submission Fighting
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 21
By knockout 8
By submission 7
By decision 6
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kevin Luke "Cub" Swanson (born November 2, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of January 17, 2014, he is #4 in official UFC Featherweight rankings.[1] and ranked the #4 Featherweight in the world by Sherdog.[2]

Background[edit]

Swanson was born and raised mostly in Palm Springs, California with a Swedish-American father and a Mexican-American mother, along with his four siblings. Swanson's father died three months after he was born, and because of his mother's heavy grieving, Swanson and his siblings were then adopted by a distant relative until his mother healed. He was raised by a religious family and spent most of his early life in church. Swanson was also home-schooled for most of his young life. However, when Swanson was 14, his adoptive parents divorced and he was returned to his mother. He then went to high school, along with future boxer Timothy Bradley, but unfortunately Swanson soon began associating himself with street gangs, and was involved in many fights. When he was still a teenager, the young Swanson and two of his friends were caught committing a house robbery which caused Swanson to be placed in a juvenile detention center. Two years after his release when he was 19 years old, Swanson was working with children who have cerebral palsy and then practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He was eventually given an invitation to train with UFC fighter Joe Stevenson, which Swanson accepted and soon began his MMA career.[3]

MMA career[edit]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Swanson made his WEC debut on March 24, 2007 with a victory over Tommy Lee by guillotine choke. He next defeated Micah Miller at WEC 28 via unanimous decision. Following an eleven fight winning streak, Swanson lost to former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver, who was making his WEC and Featherweight debut. Swanson was forced to tap out at just 0:35 of round one due to a guillotine choke after attempting a single leg takedown.

Swanson defeated Hiroyuki Takaya via unanimous decision in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors at WEC 37.

Swanson was scheduled to fight Diego Nunes on the undercard of WEC 40, but Nunes was forced to withdraw from the fight just days before the bout because of a hand injury.

Swanson lost to José Aldo by TKO via a double flying knee 8 seconds into the first round at WEC 41 on June 7, 2009.

Swanson defeated John Franchi via third round submission on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44,[4] winning Fight of the Night honors.[5] In his bout against Franchi, Swanson broke both of his hands.

Swanson was scheduled to face WEC newcomer Chan Sung Jung,[6] but Swanson was forced from the card with an injury. He would be replaced by Leonard Garcia.[7]

Swanson faced Chad Mendes on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Swanson defeated Mackens Semerzier via split decision on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52. The bout was an exciting back and forth affair that earned Fight of the Night honors.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[9]

Swanson was expected to face Erik Koch on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[10] However, Swanson was forced out ouf the bout with an injury.[11]

Swanson/Koch was expected to take place on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[12] However, Swanson was forced out of the bout with another injury.[13]

After just over a year out of action, Swanson returned to face Ricardo Lamas on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1, becoming the last WEC fighter imported from the WEC/UFC merger to debut in the UFC.[14] He lost the fight via submission (arm triangle choke) in the second round.

In his second UFC fight, Swanson faced George Roop on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis.[15] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Swanson faced Ross Pearson on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[16] He won the fight via TKO in the second round, earning the Knockout of the Night bonus.

Swanson faced Charles Oliveira on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[17] Early in the first round, Swanson hit Oliveira with body shots, which visibly appeared to hurt Oliveira. Swanson followed it up with an overhand right sending Oliveira to the canvas resulting in a KO victory for Swanson.[18] Swanson received a $65,000 bonus for Knockout of the Night.[19]

Swanson was expected to face Dennis Siver on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.[20] However, Siver was forced out of the bout, and was replaced by Dustin Poirier.[21] Swanson won by unanimous decision.

Swanson's bout with Dennis Siver was rescheduled for July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[22] After a back and forth first two rounds, Swanson defeated Siver via TKO due to punches in the third round. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.

Swanson faced Jeremy Stephens on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.[23] Swanson won the fight via unanimous decision. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.

Championships & accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–5 Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 5 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 20–5 Dennis Siver TKO (punches) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 3 2:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 19–5 Dustin Poirier Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald February 16, 2013 3 5:00 London, England
Win 18–5 Charles Oliveira KO (punch) UFC 152 September 22, 2012 1 2:40 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 146.4 catchweight bout; Oliveira missed weight. Knockout of the Night.
Win 17–5 Ross Pearson TKO (punches) UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida June 22, 2012 2 4:14 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 16–5 George Roop TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis January 28, 2012 2 2:22 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 15–5 Ricardo Lamas Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos November 12, 2011 2 2:16 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 15–4 Mackens Semerzier Decision (split) WEC 52 November 11, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 14–4 Chad Mendes Decision (unanimous) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–3 John Franchi Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 3 4:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 13–3 José Aldo TKO (double flying knee & punches) WEC 41 June 7, 2009 1 0:08 Sacramento, California, United States WEC Featherweight title eliminator
Win 13–2 Hiroyuki Takaya Decision (unanimous) WEC 37 December 3, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–2 Donny Walker Submission (rear naked choke) IFBL 11 December 23, 2007 3 1:24 Niles, Ohio, United States
Loss 11–2 Jens Pulver Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 31 December 12, 2007 1 0:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Micah Miller Decision (unanimous) WEC 28 June 3, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Tommy Lee Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 26 March 24, 2007 1 3:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Chuck Kim KO (punch) BIB November 17, 2006 1 4:51 Bakersfield, California, United States
Win 8–1 Charlie Valencia TKO (punches) KOTC: BOOYAA October 13, 2006 1 4:52 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 7–1 Richard Montano Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Rapid Fire August 4, 2006 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States Drops to Featherweight.
Win 6–1 Shannon Gugerty TKO (punches) TC 13 March 11, 2006 2 3:40 Del Mar, California, United States
Win 5–1 Fernando Arreola Submission (punches) KOTC: Final Conflict December 2, 2005 1 3:21 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 4–1 Mike Corey TKO (cut) KOTC: Flash Point September 23, 2005 2 2:42 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 3–1 Armando Sanchez Submission (punches) KOTC: Prime Time August 5, 2005 1 1:59 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 2–1 Martin Bautista Submission (rear naked choke) Total Combat 7 January 29, 2005 2 N/A Tijuana, Mexico
Win 1–1 Joe Morales Submission (punches) Total Combat 6 October 24, 2004 1 2:28 Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 0–1 Shannon Gugerty Submission (rear naked choke) Total Combat 4 July 25, 2004 1 0:15 Tijuana, Mexico

References[edit]

  1. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  2. ^ Sherdog Rankings, as of January 5, 2014
  3. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. March 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". www.wec.tv/index.cfmom. 2009-11-19. 
  5. ^ "WEC 44 bonuses: Aldo, Roller, Swanson and Franchi earn $10,000 awards". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cub Swanson set to welcome the 'Korean Zombie' to WEC 48 on April 24". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Leonard Garcia Replaces Cub Swanson, Fights Jung at WEC 48 in April". mmafrenzy.com. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Chad Mendes vs Cub Swanson AT WEC 50 in August". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-06-22. 
  9. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "WEC vets Eric Koch vs. Cub Swanson targeted for UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. January 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Cub Swanson out at UFC on Versus 3, Erik Koch awaits new opponent". mmajunkie.com. February 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Cub Swanson rebooked for July's UFC 132 event in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. 2011-04-06. 
  13. ^ "Training injury forces Cub Swanson out of UFC 132, Erik Koch awaits new foe". mmajunkie.com. June 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Cub Swanson vs Ricardo Lamas booked for Nov. 12 in Anaheim". mmamania.com. September 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ "UFC on FOX 2 adds Roop vs. Swanson". mmajunkie.com. December 5, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson added to UFC on FX 4 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. March 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Charles Oliveira vs Cub Swanson in the works for UFC 152 in Toronto". mmamania.com. August 2, 2012. 
  18. ^ "UFC 152 results: Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson". mmajunkie.com. 
  19. ^ "UFC 152 Bonus Winners". TopMMANews.com. September 22, 2012. 
  20. ^ Staff (2012-12-12). "Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver Set as Co-Main Event for UFC on Fuel 7 in England". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  21. ^ "Dustin Poirier replaces Dennis Siver, meets Cub Swanson at UFC on FUEL TV 7". mmajunkie.com. January 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ Tom Ngo (March 28, 2013). "Dennis Siver Faces Cub Swanson at UFC 162". 5throundcom. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  23. ^ Damon Martin (2014-03-18). "Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens headlines UFC Fight Night in San Antonio". msn.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  24. ^ http://m.sherdog.com/news/articles/2/Sherdogcoms-2012-AllViolence-Team-48763

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