Cub Swanson is a veteran inside the octagon, and he is hoping that his experience will help him get through one of the brightest prospects of the UFC’s featherweight division Giga Chikadze at UFC on ESPN 23.
Swanson has fought with the toughest competitions all throughout his life, and he holds notable wins over Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier, Doo Ho Choi, and Kron Gracie.
On the media day before the fight, Swanson talked to MMA Junkie, and he said, “I really respect his strengths which are obviously his kicks and his kickboxing background. I don’t think he’s as well-rounded as he needs to be to be at the top of the UFC in our division.”
Swanson added, I know he’s working all those things and he’s got a good team. He’s got a good record, and I don’t think the guys he’s fought have been the best of the division yet, so I don’t think he deserves to be up at the top yet. I think he’s on his way, and he’s got to get through me, obviously, and I think I’m going to be a tough test for him. I see myself reminding people why I’ve been around for so long.”
“I honestly think I got a couple more years,” Cub Swanson isn’t thinking about retirement any-time soon
Whan asked about it Swanson revealed that he wish to fight for a couple more years, “I honestly think I got a couple more years,” Swanson said. “I literally take every fight like it’s my last. I’ve been doing that for a while because I’ve had some major injuries in my career, and it’s made me really know that it could be taken away at any moment, so that’s been kind of amazing that I’ve been around for this long. But yeah, I think I got a couple more years.”
Swanson continued, “I don’t really want to put too much on it because a couple of wins drags you this way, losses drag you this way. I’m taking it one thing at a time, but I would love an ideal scenario to work my way up the rankings one more time and above all, I’d love a retirement fight in Palm Springs. They’re building a 10,000-person arena, hockey arena in Palm Springs, and I would love to bring this sport back to my hometown where I started.”