Cub Swanson


Injury Knee
Est. Return 11/7/2020
Targeting November return
April 11, 2020
Swanson (knee) said Friday in a video posted on his personal Instagram account that he's targeting a November return to the Octagon.
Swanson (26-11-0) hasn't fought since tearing his ACL and meniscus in a grappling event in December, but he's optimistic he'll be back to full strength just under a year after sustaining the injury. The featherweight contender has endured no setbacks in his rehab thus far and will continue to build up the strength in his knee over the next few months before preparing to fight again.
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Suffers torn ACL
December 14, 2019
Swanson (knee) tore his ACL and meniscus Thursday, reports.
Swanson suffered a knee injury during his fight against Jake Shields at the QUINTET Ultra grappling event in Las Vegas, and his MRI on Friday revealed that he will need to miss extensive time. The 36-year-old had recently recovered from a broken hand that he sustained in October at UFC Tampa. A timetable hasn't been set for a potential return, but the injury will likely require extensive recovery before Swanson is ready to get back into the Octagon.
Injures knee
December 13, 2019
Swanson announced via Twitter that he'll be undergoing an MRI on his knee Friday.
Swanson injured his knee Thursday night when facing Jake Shields at the QUINTET Ultra grappling event in Las Vegas, and the extent of the injury won't be known until the results of his MRI are revealed. The 36-year-old just recently recovered from a broken hand suffered in October at UFC Fight Night in Tampa.
Suffers broken hand
October 15, 2019
Swanson suffered a broken left hand and scratches on both of his eyes, according to his personal Twitter feed.
Following his victory over Kron Gracie via unanimous decision at UFC Tampa on Oct. 12, Swanson would have likely needed several months before his next fight. The injury, likely suffered during the fight at UFC Tampa, will likely hinder his ability to train and could result in him needing extra time before he returns to the Octagon. The 35-year-old brought his record as a professional fighter to 26-11 after ending his losing streak at four at UFC Tampa.
Vintage peformance in Tampa
October 12, 2019
Swanson defeated Kron Gracie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
It's not a stretch to say this was the biggest win of Cub's 15-plus year career. A loser of four straight entering Saturday's bout and without a win in nearly two years, Swanson almost certainly would have been handed his walking papers had he lost. Instead, he swept the judge's scorecards despite entering the bout as a hefty (+155) underdog. Swanson knew he would have a significant edge over the inexperienced Gracie on the feet and he was able to keep the fight standing. Cub has always been able to withstand a ton of punishment and given the fact Gracie has limited power in his hands, this set up well for Swanson and he took full advantage. Cub isn't able to compete with the best the division has to offer anymore, but Saturday's performance was a strong one and figures to have saved his job. On top of that, he'll walk away with an extra $50,000 by way of a Fight of the Night bonus.
In line for October fight with Gracie
July 15, 2019
Swanson has agreed to take on Kron Gracie in a featherweight matchup at a UFC Fight Night event Oct. 12, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Swanson is now in the crossroads of a career nearing a close, as he's lost four consecutive fights, albeit to highly-respected competition. The UFC will give him a newcomer this time around in Gracie, who may have the family name but has just one fight with the promotion under his belt. The key for Swanson will be to stay on his feet, as even at 35 years old, he still projects as a better striker. While Swanson owns a career 60 percent takedown defense, he has been taken down just once in his last four fights -- two of which went the distance. Should he remain upright, there's some striking upside for Swanson, who has landed 111 or more significant strikes in three of his last six fights.