UFC featherweight Cub Swanson has put together an impressive run over the past five fights, winning the entire lot with four knockouts and a highly-entertaining effort against Dustin Poirier. Though Swanson is certainly deserving of a title-shot, chances are he’ll need to have his hand raised one more time to cement the opportunity given champion Jose Aldo’s current schedule and a handful of other competitors with similar contendership claims.
The 20-5 Swanson understands the risk involved but, as he relayed in an interview with MMAWeekly, it’s one he’s willing to take out of love for the sport, a desire to entertain fans, and confidence in his own abilities.
“I’ve thought about that and I just think that if I did, for some reason, lose because the talent is so high, I wouldn’t get down on myself. I would just make the adjustments and try to get right back on a win streak because at this point of my career and in my life, I’m having so much fun fighting and I just like to get out there and do it.”
“The way I think about it nowadays, I put so much work into my camps and so many hours. I’ve been doing this for 10 years, man. And I’ve put in so many hours that people don’t see me training, so that 15 minutes in the cage or so, that’s my opportunity to showcase everything that I’ve been working and shine. So I get super excited to be able to be in that opportunity to be on a stage like that to do it and that makes me happy.”
“Here is something that I actually brag about where a lot of people wouldn’t. Even my losses have all been Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, which I take pride in because I refuse to be in a boring fight. Either I’m going to win big or I’m going to lose big. And I want the fans to know that I come to fight and I’m not trying to be boring. I’m trying to have fun. I’m trying to put on a show.”
Swanson is coming off a strike-based stoppage of Dennis Siver at UFC 162.
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