by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Cub Swanson heads into WEC 50 facing Chad Mendes motivated to make a statement.
Motivated by being on the televised card and the opportunity to impress, Swanson wants to put on a crowd-pleasing performance against Mendes at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
“I’ve had three Fight of the Nights out of my six fights with the WEC and all three have been on the undercard and didn’t get shown,” Swanson commented to MMAWeekly.com.
“I feel like I owe the fans a good live fight. I’m just really mentally prepared. I’ve just got to put it all on the line and go out there and put on a good show, win or lose.”
The Greg Jackson trained fighter has had his eye on Mendes anticipating a match up between the two eventually.
“We love the match-up,” Swanson told MMAWeekly.com. “He’s a tough kid. I’ve had my eye on him because that’s a part of my job. I keep an eye on everyone in my division.
“He’s a good wrestler. I’ve seen him hit pads. He’s really fast with his hands. I know he’s still working on that. I don’t know if he’s going try to throw too many punches at me. I know he’s going to want to throw me around like a rag doll, but I’m going to try to stop that.”
Mendes trains out of the Alpha Male camp with the likes of Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez. Stylistically, he is a wrestler not afraid to strike, but Swanson knows that going in.
“I’ve been working takedown defense until I don’t want to move, but the reality of it is at some point he probably is going to take me down, maybe once, maybe 20 times. I don’t know,” said the 26-year-old.
“I’m also a black belt in jiu-jitsu,” he pointed out.
“Even being on my back, I never thought was a good idea, but if I’m there I’m okay with it. I can get up. I can bust submissions. I can hit from my back, so I can still cause a lot of problems for him.”
Swanson has been sidelined with injuries and wants to leave a lasting impression at WEC 50.
“I definitely feel like I need to go out there and put a statement in, and I think he’s trying to make a statement,” said Swanson.
“I feel real good about this.”