A sparring injury in the summer of 2011 almost left Cub Swanson searching for a new profession. The fractured face required Swanson to get metal plates in his face and cancelled his fight with Erik Koch for the second time.
“With my injury, I almost retired,” said Swanson at post-fight UFC on FUEL TV. “Every fight, I take it like it’s my last. I know with another serious injury, I’m not going to be doing this anymore. I want everybody to feel what I went through.”
After Swanson decided to remain in the sport, he finds himself in a good position. Last year, Swanson went 3-0 and stopped all his opponents within two rounds. He just came off a co-main event win to Dustin Poirier.
Out of the WEC, Swanson was 5-3 and at one point was in the top three of the featherweight division before losing a quick eight second fight to Jose Aldo.
Now, with four wins in a row, Swanson rides his best streak since around 2007. Swanson is yet to face Koch, who is coming off a loss to Ricardo Lamas in late January.