Cub Swanson: It is bull that Greg Jackson doesn't teach fighting to finish

by Kelsey Mowatt
September 19, 2012

While Cub Swanson will be gunning for his third consecutive win and a spot in the title shot mix against prospect Charles Oliveira at UFC 152, the established vet will also be looking to impress for his Jackson’s MMA squad. Of course, due to the well documented circumstances that prompted the cancellation of UFC 151, Swanson’s trainer Greg Jackson and his teammate Jon Jones have come under fire heading into the event.

“It seems like people sometimes take unfair shots at us and our gym,” said the 28 year-old Swanson, when asked if the criticisms that have been launched at Jones and the Jackson Team have provided extra motivation. “All it does is piss us off. It seems like all the talking that’s done takes place outside the gym. When we’re here we just train.”

“I’m excited that Jon’s on the card. Even if if it would have knocked me out of the main card, I would have been bummed out, but Jon’s a hell of a champion and a good person.

“I stand by him and I’m glad that I’m still on the main card fighting alongside him. It’s an honor for me. I’m excited to be with my teammates on such an awesome card.”

“I’ve been here over three years and he’s (Jackson) never ever told me to cruise it. He’s never said to try and last. It’s always been about finishing fights, train harder and push it. He’s never said to play it safe.”

“This is a guy, that when I was in the WEC, I broke my hand a week before the fight, and he asked ‘do you want to fight?’ When I said ‘yeah’, he said ‘alright, let’s do i. Didn’t try to talk me out of it. He supported me 100 %. He told me that if I didn’t throw that broken hand right away that he would be pissed at me; that he wanted me to go after the guy right away.”

“He didn’t want me going in there fighting dumb, scared and injured. That’s the kind of guy he is; so for people to say he’s the type of person to say play it safe, is bull. He’s a fight coach, and when it comes down to it, he wants us to fight. He wants us to finish.”

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