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Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson

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  • Given Name: Kevin Luke Swanson
  • MMA Record: 25-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 4 Wins
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1983.11.02
  • Last Fight: April 22, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Jackson Wink MMA
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $584,440 USD
  • Born: Palm Springs, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site  |  Instagram

Cub Swanson Featherweight Ranking History

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Cub Swanson MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Ru Artem Lobov
24-7-0 14-12-1

Us UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov
Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2017.04.22
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#18 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2017
UFC Fight Night 108 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kr Doo Ho Choi
23-7-0 14-1-0

Ca UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2016.12.10
Odds: +195 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#1 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
#80 Greatest Fight of All Time
UFC 206 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Tatsuya Kawajiri
22-7-0 35-9-2

Us UFC Fight Night 92: Caceres vs. Rodriguez
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2016.08.06
Odds: -310 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 144.5 lbs (65.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Hacran Dias
21-7-0 23-3-1

Us UFC on FOX 19: Teixeira vs. Evans
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2016.04.16
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $88,000 ($44K Base, $44K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:58 Round 3 of 3, 13:58 Total

Us Max Holloway
21-6-0 12-3-0

Us UFC on FOX 15: Machida vs. Rockhold
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2015.04.18
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Gasper Oliver | Injuries Sustained: Broken Jaw, Broken Hand
#25 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
UFC on FOX 15 Performance of the Night
Loss | Submission | Head
4:56 Round 5 of 5, 24:56 Total

Us Frankie Edgar
21-5-0 17-4-1

Us UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson
Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.11.22
Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 145.8 lbs (66.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
UFC Fight Night 57 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Jeremy Stephens
20-5-0 23-9-0

Us UFC Fight Night 44: Swanson vs. Stephens
Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2014.06.28
Odds: -250 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 44 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:24 Round 3 of 3, 12:24 Total

De Dennis Siver
19-5-0 21-8-0

Us UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.07.06
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $108,000 ($29K Base, $29K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#24 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
UFC 162 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Dennis Siver UFC on FUEL TV 7 2013.02.16
Reason: Siver Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dustin Poirier
18-5-0 13-2-0

Gb UFC on FUEL TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.02.16
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
#14 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:40 Round 1 of 3

Br Charles Oliveira
17-5-0 16-2-0

Ca UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
Main Card | Catchweight | 146 lbs

2012.09.22
Odds: +210 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 145.8 lbs (66.1 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#44 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC 152 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:14 Round 2 of 3, 9:14 Total

Gb Ross Pearson
16-5-0 13-5-0

Us UFC on FX 4: Guida vs. Maynard
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2012.06.22
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 145.5 lbs (66.0 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
UFC on FX 4 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:22 Round 2 of 3, 7:22 Total

Us George Roop
15-5-0 12-8-1

Us UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2012.01.28
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#17 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:16 Round 2 of 3, 7:16 Total

Us Ricardo Lamas
15-4-0 10-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2011.11.12
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
UFC on FOX 1 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Erik Koch UFC 132 2011.07.02
Reason: Swanson Facial Injury
Cancelled Bout Erik Koch UFC on Versus 3 2011.03.03
Reason: Swanson Injury
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Mackens Semerzier
14-4-0 5-2-0

Us WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.11.11
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $32,000 ($11K Base, $11K Bonus, $10K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#24 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
#38 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
WEC 52 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Chad Mendes
14-3-0 7-0-0

Us WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.08.18
Odds: +300 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $11,000 Base | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | Submission | Choke
4:50 Round 3 of 3, 14:50 Total

Us John Franchi
13-3-0 5-1-0

Us WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2009.11.18
Odds: -313 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $28,000 ($9K Base, $9K Bonus, $10K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
WEC 44 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:08 Round 1 of 3

Br José Aldo
13-2-0 14-1-0

Us WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2009.06.07
Odds: +303 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $8,940 Base | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#12 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#12 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
WEC 41 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Hiroyuki Takaya
12-2-0 9-5-1

Us WEC 37: Torres vs Tapia
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2008.12.03
Odds: -198 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $17,500 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus, $7,500 Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
WEC 37 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Donny Walker

Us Ohio Regional

2008.02.23
Loss | Submission | Choke
0:35 Round 1 of 3

Us Jens Pulver
11-1-0 21-8-1

Us WEC 31: Faber vs Curran
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2007.12.12
Odds: +133 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 Base | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#29 Greatest Featherweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Micah Miller
10-1-0 8-0-0

Us WEC 28: WrekCage
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2007.06.03
Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Jon Schorle
Win | Submission | Choke
3:17 Round 1 of 3

Us Tommy Lee
9-1-0 19-5-0

Us WEC 26: Condit vs Alessio
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2007.03.24
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Chuck Kim

Us California Regional

2006.11.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Charlie Valencia

Us King of the Cage

2006.10.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Richard Montano

Us King of the Cage

2006.08.04
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Shannon Gugerty

Us Total Combat

2006.03.11
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Fernando Arreola

Us King of the Cage

2005.12.02
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Mike Corey

Us King of the Cage

2005.09.23
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Armando Sanchez

Us King of the Cage

2005.08.05
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Martin Bautista

Mx Total Combat

2005.01.29
Win | Submission | Strikes

Us Joe Morales

Mx Total Combat

2004.10.24
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Shannon Gugerty

Mx Total Combat

2004.07.25

Cub Swanson Wiki Update Wiki

After losing his professional debut fight in 2004, Cub Swanson reeled off 11 straight victories, including two in the UFC, before running into former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver in 2007. After losing to Pulver, Swanson was knocked out by future Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo in one of the most spectacular finishes of 2009, but has since rebounded from the loss. Although his WEC losses have been fast and dominant, Swanson remains one of the most well-rounded fighters in the division, and is considered by many to be the resident gatekeeper toward top contender's status in the promotion. He holds notable career victories over the likes of Charlie Valencia, Micah Miller, Hiroyuki Takaya, and John Franchi.


Swanson would make the move over to the UFC along with many of the WEC fighters. He would lose in his UFC debut by submission to Ricardo Lamas. Swanson would rebound from the loss in spectacular fashion. His first victim was a second round knockout of George Roop. He would follow that win up with back to back Knockout of the Night honors over Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira moving his way up the rankings to be a serious threat at featherweight.


Swanson was expected to face Dennis Siver at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs McDonald. However, Siver was forced out of the bout due to injury, and was replaced by Dustin Poirier. Swanson would win the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27). Swanson would keep his win streak alive when he beat Dennis Siver by TKO in the 3rd round of a Fight of the Night at UFC 162.

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