Cub Swanson faces Frankie Edgar in a rematch of their previous fight which featured one of the latest submission victories in the UFC history by Frankie in 4.56 of the 5th round. Cub Swanson has a chance to fight for redemption at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, New Jersey in Frankie’s home state. Swanson believes Edgar is fighting too soon after his knockout loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 222 with most people in the martial arts community supporting this view.
“It’s very possible, yes. I don’t want to put that on it and think that myself going into the fight, because I think that would be a mistake for myself. It is possible that he’s taking the fight too soon, but I have to go in there thinking that it’s going to be the best Frankie Edgar that we’ve seen and I’m expecting that,” Swanson said. “If I get that big win and people are just going to be saying, ‘Oh, well he came back too soon’ and maybe downplay my skills out there, so hopefully they won’t read too much into it and expect the best Frankie like I do.”
On redemption for both him and Frankie
“He wanted to get back in there and make it right after his loss and he wanted to fight in his hometown and I think they were having trouble finding an opponent, so they reached out to me,” said Swanson. “For me, it’s been about 30,000 hours since we fought before and it’s always been painful for me to think about, so when they offered it to me, I was like ‘hell yeah’. I want this fight back, I know I can beat him, I know I can do better and I want to show everybody.”
On his training partners and camp
“My main two training partners have been Juan Archuleta, who just signed with Bellator, he’s a phenomenal wrestler and TJ Dillashaw, who also wrestled and has good striking as well. Just drilling with these guys, the way that we drill, we drill like we’re sparring. It’s very controlled, but very intense,” Swanson said.
“We kind of break it up into two parts with our training. We have the MMA side with our coaches and all the fighters and then the conditioning and diet side is all Sam Calavitta, who is really the main guy in the Treigning Lab. He does tons of work, he’s a mathematician and he trains himself in iron man. He knows his stuff and he puts so much work into things like our heart rate when we sleep at night to how our body’s burning fats and carbs and how much weight we’re dropping and making sure it’s the right weight gradually and not just this huge dump at the end.
“The strength and conditioning is very brutal, but it’s very calculated and sometimes we’re doing two-and-a-half-hour sessions and the guys that we’re competing with next to me, like Aaron Pico, Juan Archeleta, TJ, we compete,” said Swanson. “Every little session, we’re like who’s doing more, who’s doing better, who gets there first, just the environment is great and it’s pushing me to new heights, physically.”