UFC’s Cub Swanson spars pro boxer – doesn’t go as expected

Sunday, July 16, 2017

UFC vs boxing is all the rage right now with the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor mega-fight rapidly approaching and everybody is curious as to how it’s going to go.

In this video, we see some sparring footage between UFC fighter Cub Swanson and an unnamed professional boxer and it is pretty competitive while it lasts.

Though, drawing any kind of conclusions from sparring/training footage is always a slippery slope as it is a little different from an actual fight. In sparring, you’re not really trying to finish each other and you could be working on something specific unbeknownst to people watching.

That’s why in so many boxing gyms, especially high-level camps, it is considered a faux pas to film sparring sessions like this one that we see here in the video.

While Cub is very competitive in this video, you can see the professional boxer is still more crisp and technical. Though Cub is throwing with a lot of power, he still seems to have more openings in his defense when compared to the boxer.

Cub Swanson is currently riding a 4-fight winning streak in the stacked UFC’s featherweight division including one of the best fights of 2016 and all-time against Doo Ho Choi. He most recently competed against Conor’s teammate Artem Lobov, where Cub won by unanimous decision.

Kevin Luke “Cub” Swanson (born November 2, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of December 5, 2016, he is #4 in the official UFC featherweight rankings. and ranked the #6 Featherweight in the world by Sherdog. Swanson faced Artem Lobov on April 22, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 108. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performances. After his victory over Lobov, Swanson would begin to campaign for a title fight and asked to fight the winner of the championship bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway at UFC 212. [Source: Wiki]

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