Former WEC standout Cub Swanson (15-4) is scheduled to make his long awaited UFC debut on the promotions first nationally televised event on FOX. The event is set to take place November 12th in Anaheim, California and is headlined by Cain Velasquez defending his heavyweight championship against Brazilian brawler Junior dos Santos.
The featherweight will step into the Octagon with Ricardo Lamas (10-2) after a nearly one year layoff from the sport. He was initially scheduled to make his debut in March against Erik Koch but had to pull out due to an injury. Their fight was rescheduled for July at UFC 132, but unfortunately Swanson sustained another injury forcing him out of the bout.
Cub was last seen at WEC 52 where he won a split decision victory over Mackens Semerzier that also earned him fight of the night honors. Prior to that he lost by decision to Chad Mendes at WEC 50. Mendes, who fights for Team Alpha Male and regularly trains with Urijah Faber is one of the “Top 5” featherweights in the world, is expected to be next in line for a title shot after next month’s title fight between Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian.
The twenty-seven year old who is full of talent and is the recipient of three WEC “Fight of the Night” honors is expected to put on another great show for the fans come November.
MMATraining Take: Cub is a young fighter who is loaded with potential. If he’s able to come away with a victory and stay healthy he’s definitely a threat in the featherweight division. I may be looking to far ahead here but I would like to see him fight Koch next, the winner one step closer to a title shot.