Cub Swanson


Injury Finger
Est. Return 6/17/2022
May miss several months
December 21, 2021
Swanson was handed a six-month medical suspension Tuesday due to a finger injury, reports.
Swanson scored a TKO win over Darren Elkins on Saturday but may have fractured a finger on his right hand in the process. If his X-rays are positive, he'll be unable to compete before June 17 unless cleared by a doctor.
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Statement win over Darren Elkins
December 18, 2021
Swanson defeated Darren Elkins via TKO (wheel kick) at 2:12 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a vintage effort from Swanson, and it was much needed on the heels of his 63-second knockout loss at the hands of rising star Giga Chikadze this past May. Elkins is known as one of the most durable fighters in the history of the sport, but that didn't stop Cub from dropping him with a right hand before eventually finishing him off with a beautiful wheel kick. Swanson is 38 years old and now 40 fights deep into his professional career, so it's highly unlikely there is any type of prolonged winning streak on the way. Nonetheless, Cub still possesses the ability to put forth this type of performance any time he steps into the Octagon. He'll also walk away with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Fighting Elkins in December
September 30, 2021
Swanson will take on Darren Elkins in a featherweight bout at the UFC event Dec. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Swanson is looking to bounce back following a ugly performance against Giga Chikadze back in early May. He will hope to take down another veteran in Elkins to avoid falling to 2-6 in his last eight fights.
Destroyed by Giga Chikadze
May 1, 2021
Swanson lost to Giga Chikadze via TKO (strikes) at 1:03 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
That couldn't have gone any worse for Cub. He attempted to close the distance between the two in the early going without success before eating a perfectly placed kick from Chikadze directly to the liver. Swanson immediately crumbled and that was it. Referee Jason Herzog gave Cub plenty of time to recover, but it clearly wasn't happening. It was just the second knockout loss of Swanson's storied career and his first since a fight against Jose Aldo way back in June 2009. The fight snaps a brief two-fight winning streak for Cub and drops him to 2-5 in his past seven bouts dating back to December 2017. The 37-year-old entered "Gatekeeper" status long ago.
Facing off against Giga Chikadze
March 3, 2021
Swanson is set to face Giga Chikadze in a featherweight bout at the UFC's May 1 event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Swanson was initially meant to battle Gavin Tucker at the UFC's May 1 event, before that bout was called off. He'll instead face off another rising contender in Chikadz. The 37-year-old Swanson is coming off back-to-back wins, while Chikadze went 4-0 in the UFC in 2020.
Fight with Gavin Tucker called off
February 23, 2021
Swanson and Gavin Tucker are no longer scheduled to face one another in a featherweight fight at the UFC's May 1 event, Alexander K. Lee and Damon Martin of report.
Swanson and Tucker reached an agreement earlier this month to meet May 1, but the UFC never officially announced the fight. Neither fighter nor the promotion have provided any details regarding why the matchup fell apart, but Swanson will now presumably look to find a new opponent at some point this spring. Tucker, meanwhile, is slated to fight March 13 in Las Vegas against Dan Ige after Ryan Hall withdrew from event.