Swanson: I almost signed with another promotion
At UFC Fight Night 128 on Saturday night Cub Swanson gets a rematch vs. Frankie Edgar; at UFC Fight Night 57 Edgar tapped him with a neck crank, with just four seconds remaining in the fight. Swanson appeared recently on MMAjunkie Radio and said the rematch came as a surprise.
“He wasn’t somebody really on my radar that I thought that I would get a rematch with,” said Swanson, as transcribed by Fernanda Prates for MMAjunkie. “There are a lot of rematches I could get in the UFC, and that wasn’t one I thought was going to happen any time soon. And then the UFC approached me with it, and I was like, ‘Hell, yeah. Let’s do this.’ I’ve been wanting this one for a while. I just didn’t think it was close.”
Swanson fought out his contract on his last fight. Although he lost, to Brian Ortega, he won his third performance bonus in a row. That put him in a solid albeit not ideal position to negotiate, and he ended up re-signing with the UFC.
“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,” said Swanson. “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.”
“I was really close to signing with a company. 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.’”
Swanson declined to identify the company, except to say it was not Bellator. And the very next day, a bigger better UFC offer arrived.
“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,’” said Swanson. “I was like, ‘Cool, let’s do it.’”
Prior to the Edgar loss, Swanson had been on a six-fight winning streak
“I felt like I was on such a roll,” said Swanson. “I was expecting to fight for a title, and then they wanted me to fight him. It just didn’t go my way. He was great that night. And I felt like he was the better fighter that night, by far. But I learned a lot from that loss. And I feel like I’ve been working for years on how to get better on those things.”