National treasure Cub Swanson will be rematching with Frankie Edgar in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 128.
It will be an awesome fight – when they last clashed, Swanson was dominated, but fought hard to the very end (almost five full rounds!). Since then, Swanson has become a more seasoned scrapper capable of wowing fans with his grit.
But we were so close to losing Swanson to the netherworld of free agency and lesser promotions! Yikes!
As per MMAJunkie:
And Swanson, who saw a four-fight winning streak snapped and his title aspirations slipping away, was off to testing the market.
“You’ve got to have tough skin when you’re going around, because you’ve got to kind of figure out what you’re worth at that time and depend on what organizations – it takes a lot of homework,” Swanson said. “We talked to literally everybody. And everybody had interest in me.
“But I think a lot of guys are coming out of the UFC on losses, on multiple losses, like they got cut. They’re not able to ask for as much money and things like that. So I think a lot of companies weren’t really prepared to make me a big offer.”
But there was one offer that enticed Swanson enough to get close. And though he won’t say which one, he said it wasn’t Bellator.
“I was really close to signing with a company,” Swanson said. “I was really thinking hard about it. Me and my manager talked about it. I said, ‘Man, I really would like to be with the UFC, and I don’t like how this has all been playing out because I just wish that they would hit me with a number that I felt comfortable with and be happy to push forward.’”
The new UFC offer, Swanson said, came “literally” the next day.
“They called me and said, ‘Hey, we want to offer you a better deal than we talked about originally, but we also want you to take this fight,’” Swanson said. “I was like, ‘Cool, let’s do it.’”
Swanson may have lost to Brian Ortega in his last trip to the Octagon, but he’s still got a lot of zest left in him. Thankfully, he’ll get to show it on the big stage.