Swanson Was Not A Fan Of Hernandez’s Prelim Complaints

UFC featherweight Cub Swanson sent some advice to Alexander Hernandez after the lightweight complained about his original placement on this Saturday’s UFC 271 card. Entering 2019, Hernandez was a highly-touted and fast-rising prospect following victories over current top-five contender Beneil Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier in his first two Octagon outings. But since then, “The Great”…

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UFC featherweight Cub Swanson sent some advice to Alexander Hernandez after the lightweight complained about his original placement on this Saturday’s UFC 271 card.

Entering 2019, Hernandez was a highly-touted and fast-rising prospect following victories over current top-five contender Beneil Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier in his first two Octagon outings.

But since then, “The Great” has exchanged wins and losses, going 3-3 in his last six. After rebounding from his latest setback against Thiago Moisés with a first-round knockout against Mike Breeden last October, Hernandez will be looking to begin his first win streak since 2018 when he returns to action this weekend.

In his way of doing so will be another of the promotion’s once-thought-to-be future stars who’s been unable to reach his potential, Renato Moicano.

While the Brazilian does boast UFC triumphs over Calvin Kattar, Jeremy Stephens, and Zubaira Tukhugov, defeats at the hands of Brian Ortega, José Aldo, “The Korean Zombie,” and Rafael Fiziev have prevented the 32-year-old from breaking into contention.

Having returned to form last time out with a second-round submission against Jai Herbert, Moicano will look to continue his momentum at UFC 271.

Despite this matchup pitting two recognizable names against each other, it initially found itself on this weekend’s early prelims, before being bumped to the main card following post-weigh-in alterations.

While some would be eager to impress on the grand stage of a pay-per-view card wherever their placement on it, Hernandez was less than pleased before the change.

“Man, I’m fired the f*ck up because of the amount of disrespect that the UFC is showing me on this card,” Hernandez told MMA Fighting on the We Got Next podcast. “We have to wait four months and then I’m on the early f*cking prelims. I mean, that incites such a rage in me so I’m coming to make a statement. I’m so fired up about that. I’m so pissed off and I’m so motivated, so I’m really eager to make a statement.”

Hernandez went on to suggest that those who were above him in the previous bout order are “statistically” below him in the promotion. That, coupled with the fact his home in San Antonio is less than 200 miles from the location of UFC 271, left the 29-year-old incredibly “frustrated” at his position.

“I’m in my state, I’m practically in my city, the only other guy [from] there [fighting outside of the early prelims] is Derrick Lewis—and rightfully so, he’s the co-main,” Hernandez added. “But how the f*ck did I get on the early, early prelims? It’s not even the prelims. Not on the main card, not on the [ESPN] prelims, it’s my peers that are barely above me, or people that are statistically below that are above me [on the card]. I’m frustrated, plus we’re in Texas.

“I’m gonna go out there, please the 15 people in the audience, get my 20-30 homies hyped. I’m gonna take out Moicano and make a statement and let them know not to discredit, or disrespect me like that again. I’m so fired up about it.”

Swanson Sends Hernandez Some Advice

After receiving some heavy criticism for his comments from fans, it didn’t take long for one of Hernandez’s UFC peers to give his take.

In a tweet, featherweight veteran Cub Swanson cited the example of his rise from the early prelims to a main event spot in the space of two fights as the reason Hernandez shouldn’t have looked down on his place on the UFC 271 card.

“I once got bumped from Co-main to FightPass prelims. Instead of complaining, I made it a point to hype up FightPass. I ended up getting a handwritten letter from the UFC thanking me and I headlined a card two fights later.”

Wherever his placement on the card, whether on the early prelims as initially planned or on the main card as is now set, one thing has always been clear ahead of Hernandez’s first appearance of 2022: a win is crucial.

With that sentiment being similar across the cage in Moicano’s corner, this clash should provide an intriguing affair inside Houston’s Toyota Center.

What’s your take on Alexander Hernandez’s comments? Should he have followed the mindset of Cub Swanson?

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Faber to Swanson: We Might Have To See Who’s The King of California

Urijah Faber and Cub Swanson may be on a collision course in 2022 as the two veterans look to continue their respective UFC careers.

Faber hasn’t fought in the Octagon in a little over two years since his knockout loss to Petr Yan at UFC 245. It wa…

Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson

Urijah Faber and Cub Swanson may be on a collision course in 2022 as the two veterans look to continue their respective UFC careers.

Faber hasn’t fought in the Octagon in a little over two years since his knockout loss to Petr Yan at UFC 245. It was his second fight back in the cage after retiring in 2016.

Faber hasn’t ruled out continuing his combat sports career alongside his leadership at Team Alpha Male. One name who has been making the rounds is Swanson, who recently hinted at a potential fight with Faber in a throwback matchup.

During a recent post on his YouTube channel, Faber opined about a possible veteran vs. veteran matchup in the UFC.

“Honestly, I know he broke his hand, that might give me enough time to train,” Faber said. “He might drop down to 135 – we were supposed to fight back in 2004, with King of the Cage on short notice for a thousand bucks, I think they were gonna pay him a couple of hundred bucks and me a thousand bucks and that never happened, so Cubby, I’m honored that I’m your dream fight here in this scenario. So we might have to find out who the king of California is, I don’t know.”

Swanson most recently defeated Darren Elkins at UFC Vegas 45 and has won three of his last four bouts. His most recent defeat was to the rising featherweight contender Giga Chikadze, who finished him with a brutal body kick and ground-and-pound strikes.

Swanson first brought up the idea of facing Faber in late 2020, and conversations regarding the matchup have resurfaced in recent weeks.

It’s unclear if Swanson intends on moving down to 135 pounds at this stage in his career, but it has worked out well for fighters such as José Aldo. If Swanson wants to move down to bantamweight, Faber seems like a game opponent who could be ready to fight this year.

Would you be interested in a Urijah Faber vs. Cub Swanson matchup?

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Urijah Faber Responds To Cub Swanson’s Callout

Urijah FaberUrijah Faber responds to Cub Swanson’s callout he made after beating Darren Elkins in December. After Swanson defeated Elkins via TKO in the first round, he proceeded to challenge Faber to see who the ‘King of Cali’ truly is. He also hinted at the fight happening in California to add to the stakes. Swanson would […]

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Urijah Faber responds to Cub Swanson’s callout he made after beating Darren Elkins in December.

After Swanson defeated Elkins via TKO in the first round, he proceeded to challenge Faber to see who the ‘King of Cali’ truly is. He also hinted at the fight happening in California to add to the stakes. Swanson would make the drop down to bantamweight to take on Faber in his “dream fight”.

Faber has finally responded to Swanson’s proposal in a video he put out today.

“Directly afterward in the press conference that his dream fight would be to fight in Palm Springs against yours truly, he wants to drop to 135,” Urijah Faber said about a fight with Cub Swanson.

“Honestly, I know he broke his hand, that might give me enough time to train, he’s going to drop down to ’35. We were supposed to fight back in 2004 in King of the Cage on short notice for 1000 bucks. I think they were going to pay him a couple hundred bucks and they were going to pay me like 1000 bucks. That never happened, so Cubbie, I’m honored that I’m your dream fight here in this scenario. So we might find out who the king of California is.” (Transcribed by BJPenn.com)

Urijah Faber last fought inside the UFC back in December of 2019 against Petr Yan

He was on the wrong side of a KO via a head kick. Faber has a career record of 35-11 and was the former WEC bantamweight champion. Both Faber and Swanson are WEC alums, but never met on their road to the UFC. While both may be on the tail end of their career, a fight between the two would be very fun. After losing four fights in a row, Swanson then proceeded to win three of his last four bouts. His most recent win being a dominant KO victory over Elkins.

Would you be interested to see Faber and Swanson go at it?

Kron Gracie’s MMA Future Remains Uncertain According To Father

Kron Gracie hasn’t fought in the UFC in more than two years, and it’s unclear when he’ll return after his first professional MMA loss to Cub Swanson.

Kron’s father, Rickson is arguably one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners as part o…

Kron Gracie

Kron Gracie hasn’t fought in the UFC in more than two years, and it’s unclear when he’ll return after his first professional MMA loss to Cub Swanson.

Kron’s father, Rickson is arguably one of the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners as part of the famous Gracie legacy. Rickson has been a mainstay in Kron’s corner during his professional MMA career.

Kron followed up an impressive UFC debut against Alex Caceres with a disappointing loss to Swanson. While he had his moments throughout the fight, Swanson proved to be the more experienced MMA fighter and earned a unanimous decision victory.

Things seemed tense between the father-son duo following the loss to Swanson. Rickson was frustrated with the lack of adjustments that Kron made in the fight overall. Following the bout, Swanson had advised Kron to humble himself in the face of defeat.

During a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Rickson provided an update on Kron’s status in the sport and potential return to the Octagon.

“Right now we’re giving each other some space, you know?” Rickson said when asked about Kron. “We had some small arguments and now he’s moved to Montana, he’s with his new gym there, he’s training. I don’t know exactly what his plans are for MMA, but I root for him.

“I know he has great potential, not only as a fighter but also as a great teacher, a great man. I’m rooting for him, and I’m also curious, like everybody else, to know what he’ll do next.” (h/t Bloody Elbow)

Before signing with the UFC, Kron had enjoyed success in Rizin and Real Fight Championship, earning four-straight submission wins. His loss to Swanson was the first time in his MMA career that a fight of his had gone the distance.

The 33-year-old featherweight has also previously worked with Nick and Nate Diaz in California to prepare for his MMA fights. It’s unclear if Kron intends on training with the Diaz brothers for an eventual return.

Living up to the Gracie tradition in MMA has proven not to be an easy feat for Kron, and it’s unclear if he’ll return to the Octagon for a chance at redemption.

Do you think Kron Gracie will eventually return to the UFC/MMA?

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Cub Swanson Open To Challenge From Charles Jourdain After Emotional Win

Charles Jourdain’s call-outs of Cub Swanson aren’t falling on deaf ears.

Jourdain asked for a fight against Swanson on Saturday, and the veteran featherweight responded positively to the motion.

Both fighters are coming off a win from this past …

Charles Jourdain and Cub Swanson (Photo Credit: TSN & Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Charles Jourdain’s call-outs of Cub Swanson aren’t falling on deaf ears.

Jourdain asked for a fight against Swanson on Saturday, and the veteran featherweight responded positively to the motion.

Both fighters are coming off a win from this past weekend. Jourdain won on the prelims, dominating Andre Ewell for a scorecard victory. Swanson won later in the evening, stopping Darren Elkins for a victory worthy of a “Performance of the Night” award.

Jourdain gave a passionate call-out of Swanson during his post-fight press conference.

“I want to f*ck [Cub Swanson] up. I want to put my hands on him … I don’t mean any disrespect to the man, he’s fighting tonight,” said Jourdain, speaking before Swanson took to the Octagon and won later in the evening. “Win or lose I want to fight him.”

Swanson responded kindly to Jourdain’s call-out during his own post-fight press conference, mentioning how he likes the idea of them fighting. He said that he previously requested the fight for the promotion, although he wasn’t able to get it before.

“I actually appreciate him … I like him because he calls me out respectfully…I can’t hate on that,” said Swanson.

Swanson Celebrates Emotional Weekend Performance

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Swanson was coming off an emotional victory over the weekend. His finish win meant a lot to him, as he was able to have his children in attendance for the bout.

Following his win, he explained why he feels it is important that they get to see him while he’s still fighting:

“They’re at the exact age that I have all my memories right now [from]. There’s been plenty of times in my life where people talked to me about things that happened when I was younger and it doesn’t really mean as much to me because they’re just stories that people have that I don’t really relate with because I don’t remember. So, I just wanted them to be able to have the experience and not just hear stories about me.”

Do you like the idea of Cub Swanson vs. Charles Jourdain?

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Cub Swanson Pondering Bantamweight Move, Potential Urijah Faber Fight

Cub SwansonCub Swanson could find himself fighting at bantamweight next. Swanson returned to the win column with an impressive first-round TKO win over Darren Elkins in the UFC Vegas 45 main card opener last night. Swanson swarmed Elkins dropping him a couple of times before referee Herb Dean saw enough and called an end to the […]

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Cub Swanson could find himself fighting at bantamweight next.

Swanson returned to the win column with an impressive first-round TKO win over Darren Elkins in the UFC Vegas 45 main card opener last night.

Swanson swarmed Elkins dropping him a couple of times before referee Herb Dean saw enough and called an end to the contest.

It was an emotional victory for Swanson who is now at the tail-end of his fighting career. Before he calls it a day, he wants to achieve a few things and one of them is fighting at bantamweight.

“I had talked about maybe dropping to 135, just to switch it up, try something new,” Swanson said at the post-fight press conference (via MMA Junkie). “I know I can make it. I don’t know how difficult it would be. This was one of the easier cuts I’ve had.

“I just feel like I’m naturally a little lighter than I used to be. I guess I’m just not holding on muscle like I was before. That’s a possibility.”

Cub Swanson Wants To Fight On Home Turf

Another thing on Swanson’s bucket list is fighting in front of his home fans.

“The one thing that I would love to do still is they’re building a big arena, a 10,000-person arena, in Palm Springs,” Swanson said. “That’ll be done by the end of the year. If I can get the UFC to have a Fight Night in Palm Springs, I’d stick around for that for sure.”

Should things work out and he ends up competing at bantamweight in Palm Springs, who is Swanson’s ideal opponent?

“Probably Urijah Faber,” Swanson added. “See who the real ‘King of Cali’ is.”

What do you think of a Cub Swanson vs. Urijah Faber fight at bantamweight?