After recovering from reconstructive facial surgery, WEC veteran Cub Swanson (15-4) will finally make his UFC debut this Saturday night against Ricardo Lamas (10-2) at UFC on Fox 1.
The Greg Jackson featherweight has made a name for himself by defeating the likes of Micah Miller, Mackens Semerzier, and Dream featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takaya.
The 28-year-old was itching to get back into active competition and wouldn’t be content to just lie in bed. So just a few days after surgery, Swanson went back to the gym and ran with his jaw wired shut. Finally, after taking it slow and being on a liquid diet, he got the clearance from his doctors to return to the sport.
“The left side of my face was numb,” Swanson told MMAWeekly.
“When I got hit, I had like weird tingling feelings going on. A lot of that is gone, but I don’t feel a lot of my teeth. That was the hardest part to deal with, but I figure if I don’t feel it, it’s not that bad.
“I listened to the doctors, except for they asked me not to train at all, but I ran every day and I stayed in shape. I lost quite a bit amount of weight from being on a liquid diet for six weeks, but I think I took a total of three days off. It made me angry to sit here and be in my bed. I didn’t want to take my pain medication and I think I was doing three miles in 18 minutes with my jaw wired shut.”
Now, a healthy and in shape Swanson is fully ready to compete. On Saturday night, he faces a strong wrestler in Lamas. In preparation for Lamas, luck seemed to start going on the California native’s side, as he had tape on him from his WEC days and had the likes of Clay Guida to help him to prepare.
“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast, and he’s coming down from 55. I’ve seen tons of his fights. Luckily, he’s from Chicago, and I’ve been working with all the best wrestlers that come out of Chicago at Jackson’s. We know that he’s explosive and that I got good movement to counter that. I’m pretty squirmy, so if he tries to hug me, I can get out of it.”