Cub Swanson

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Cub Swanson
Born Kevin Luke Swanson
(1983-11-02) November 2, 1983 (age 33)
Palm Springs, California, United States
Other names Cub, Killer
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Weight 146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Palm Springs, California
Team Jackson's Submission Fighting
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rigan Machado[2]
Black belt in Judo[citation needed]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 31
Wins 24
By knockout 8
By submission 7
By decision 9
Losses 7
By knockout 1
By submission 5
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 27, 2014

Kevin Luke "Cub" Swanson (born November 2, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of December 5, 2016, he is #4 in the official UFC featherweight rankings.[3] and ranked the #6 Featherweight in the world by Sherdog.[4]


Swanson was born and raised mostly in Palm Springs, California with a Swedish-American father and a Mexican 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 Cathedral City High School, along with future boxer Timothy Bradley,[5] but 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.[6]

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 faced Hiroyuki Takaya on December 3, 2008 at WEC 37. Takaya won the fight via unanimous decision in a fight that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[7]

Swanson was scheduled to fight Diego Nunes on April 5, 2009 at WEC 40, but Nunes was forced to withdraw from the fight just days before the bout because of a hand injury.[8]

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,[9] winning Fight of the Night honors.[10] In his bout against Franchi, Swanson broke both of his hands.

Swanson was scheduled to face WEC newcomer Chan Sung Jung,[11] but Swanson was forced from the card with an injury. He would be replaced by Leonard Garcia.[12]

Swanson faced Chad Mendes on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

Swanson was expected to face Erik Koch on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[16] However, Swanson was forced out of the bout with an injury.[17]

Swanson/Koch was expected to take place on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[18] However, Swanson was forced out of the bout with another injury.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Swanson faced Ross Pearson on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4.[22] 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.[23] Early in the first round, Swanson hit Oliveira with body (liver) shot, 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.[24] Swanson received a $65,000 bonus for Knockout of the Night.[25]

Swanson was expected to face Dennis Siver on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.[26] However, Siver was forced out of the bout, and was replaced by Dustin Poirier.[27] Swanson won by unanimous decision.

Swanson's bout with Dennis Siver was rescheduled for July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[28] 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.[29] Swanson won the fight via unanimous decision. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.

Swanson next faced Frankie Edgar on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[30] Swanson lost the one-sided fight via submission in closing seconds of the fifth round.[31]

Swanson faced Max Holloway on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15. He lost the fight by submission in the third round due to a mounted guillotine choke after being out-struck for the first two rounds.[32] Following the fight, Swanson announced via Twitter that he had suffered serious injuries, "Well a broken jaw and a broken right hand...just another day at the office lol. I love all my fans. Thanks for your support".

Swanson faced Hacran Dias on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[33] Swanson won the fight via unanimous decision.[34]

Swanson next faced Tatsuya Kawajiri on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[35] He won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision.[36]

Swanson faced touted prospect Doo Ho Choi on December 10, 2016 at UFC 206.[37] He won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision.[38] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night.[39]

Swanson is expected to face Artem Lobov on April 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 108.[40]

Championships & accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 24–7 Doo Ho Choi Decision (unanimous) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Fight of the Night.
Win 23–7 Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres August 6, 2016 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 22–7 Hacran Dias Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 21–7 Max Holloway Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 3 3:58 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 21–6 Frankie Edgar Submission (neck crank) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 2014 5 4:56 Austin, Texas, United States
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: Barão 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 Catchweight (146.4 lbs) 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 (flying knee and punches) WEC 41 June 7, 2009 1 0:08 Sacramento, California, United States
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 February 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 Featherweight debut.
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 63: Final Conflict December 2, 2005 1 3:21 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 4–1 Mike Corey TKO (doctor stoppage) KOTC 61: Flash Point September 23, 2005 2 2:42 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 3–1 Armando Sanchez Submission (punches) KOTC 58: 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Machida vs. Rockhold". Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Cub Swanson - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fighter Rankings". Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". March 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cub Swanson High School". Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "No regrets for Cub Swanson as he battles for respect in the UFC". October 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff (2008-12-04). "WEC 37 FIGHTER AWARDS NET $7,500 BONUSES". 
  8. ^ Larry Csonka (2009-04-02). "Diego Nunes Injured, WEC 40 Fight With Cub Swanson Off". 
  9. ^ "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". 2009-11-19. 
  10. ^ "WEC 44 bonuses: Aldo, Roller, Swanson and Franchi earn $10,000 awards". Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Cub Swanson set to welcome the 'Korean Zombie' to WEC 48 on April 24". Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  12. ^ "Leonard Garcia Replaces Cub Swanson, Fights Jung at WEC 48 in April". Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Chad Mendes vs Cub Swanson AT WEC 50 in August". 2010-06-22. 
  14. ^ John Morgan (2010-11-12). "WEC 52 bonuses: Koch, Faber, Swanson and Semerzier earn $10K awards". 
  15. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. 
  16. ^ "WEC vets Eric Koch vs. Cub Swanson targeted for UFC on Versus 3". January 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Cub Swanson out at UFC on Versus 3, Erik Koch awaits new opponent". February 24, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Cub Swanson rebooked for July's UFC 132 event in Las Vegas". 2011-04-06. 
  19. ^ "Training injury forces Cub Swanson out of UFC 132, Erik Koch awaits new foe". June 2, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Cub Swanson vs Ricardo Lamas booked for Nov. 12 in Anaheim". September 3, 2011. 
  21. ^ "UFC on FOX 2 adds Roop vs. Swanson". December 5, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. 
  22. ^ "Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson added to UFC on FX 4 in New Jersey". March 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Charles Oliveira vs Cub Swanson in the works for UFC 152 in Toronto". August 2, 2012. 
  24. ^ "UFC 152 results: Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson". 
  25. ^ "UFC 152 Bonus Winners". September 22, 2012. 
  26. ^ Staff (2012-12-12). "Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver Set as Co-Main Event for UFC on Fuel 7 in England". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  27. ^ "Dustin Poirier replaces Dennis Siver, meets Cub Swanson at UFC on FUEL TV 7". January 17, 2013. 
  28. ^ Tom Ngo (March 28, 2013). "Dennis Siver Faces Cub Swanson at UFC 162". 5throundcom. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  29. ^ Damon Martin (2014-03-18). "Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens headlines UFC Fight Night in San Antonio". Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  30. ^ Mike Dyce (2014-09-24). "Cub Swanson to fight Frankie Edgar in main event of UFC Fight Night in Austin". Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  31. ^ Jamie Penick (2014-11-23). "UFC Fight Night 57 Results: Frankie Edgar scores latest stoppage in UFC history in dominant win over Cub Swanson". Retrieved 2014-11-23. 
  32. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-02-15). "Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway targeted for UFC on FOX 15 in April". Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  33. ^ Nick Baldwin (2016-01-30). "Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias set for UFC on FOX 19". Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  34. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Cub Swanson gets much-needed win, tops Hacran Dias". Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  35. ^ Ariel Helwani (2016-06-14). "Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri targeted for UFC Fight Night in Utah". Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  36. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-08-06). "UFC Fight Night 92 results: Cub Swanson survives Tatsuya Kawajiri takedowns for decision win". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  37. ^ Staff (2016-10-13). "Cub Swanson vs. Dooho Choi added to UFC 206 in Toronto". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  38. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-12-10). "UFC 206 results: Cub Swanson wins magnificent matchup over Doo Ho Choi". Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  39. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-12-10). "UFC 206 bonuses: Swanson, Choi, Holloway, Vannata receive $50K awards". Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  40. ^ Staff (2017-02-11). "Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov headlines UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on April 22". Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
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