Cub Swanson


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.
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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.
Paired with Gavin Tucker
February 4, 2021
Swanson will take on Gavin Tucker in a featherweight fight on May 1, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The 37-year-old has been quite streaky of late, winning four fights in a row in 2016 and 2017 before losing his next four. He's since rebounded with two straight victories, most recently knocking out Daniel Pineda in the second round in December. He'll look to extend his latest streak to three against a fellow veteran in the 34-year-old Tucker. Though Tucker is of a similar age, he has considerably less UFC experience, fighting just five times with the promotion and winning four.
Huge win after long layoff
December 12, 2020
Swanson defeated Daniel Pineda via KO (punches) at 1:52 of Round 2 at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
A victory over Pineda means little in the later stages of 2020, but this was a huge fight for Cub. He was coming off a torn ACL suffered in a grappling contest and hadn't fought in about 14 months. Swanson made his name as a vicious, violent and aggressive striker, and all of those attributes were on display against Pineda. It's anyone's guess as to whether Cub can sustain this type of success at age 37 -- he has a lot of MMA miles on his body -- but there were plenty of positive signs on this night. Swanson has won back-to-back fights on the heels of a four-fight losing streak.
To return at UFC 256
November 12, 2020
Swanson (knee) will take on Daniel Pineda in a featherweight matchup at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Swanson was able to snap a four-fight losing streak in October of 2019 by picking up a win against Kron Gracie, but he tore his ACL in a grappling contest a few months later and hasn't competed since. He'll now take on a fighter in Pineda that recently returned to the UFC with a win against Herbert Burns in August. Pineda had spent the prior five years across various promotions, most recently PFL. Swanson will enter this matchup with slight height and reach advantages, in addition to the edge in striking volume. Pineda has been a bit more active in the grappling department while with the UFC, but Swanson can more than hold his own on the mat, sporting a BJJ black belt under Rigan Machado.