Cub Swanson Seeking November UFC Return Upon Recovery from Knee Injury

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 11, 2020

Cub Swanson has designs on making his Octagon return late this year.

The veteran featherweight tore his ACL and meniscus during a grappling match with Jake Shields at Quintet Ultra this past December. The cost of the surgery was covered by the UFC, and Swanson targeted a November or December return in the aftermath.

With the promotion and every other sports organization in a holding pattern due to the coronavirus pandemic, Swanson’s comeback plans haven’t changed. In fact, it’s probably a better time than most for injury rehabilitation.

“I think the biggest thing about my comeback is I had a date of around November, and nothing’s stopping me from that,” Swanson said in a recent Instagram post.

“This whole thing, it’s really challenged me to stay focused. I look at it on the bright side, like I’ve picked a great time to be injured, so I’m just focusing on being at home with my kids and enjoying my time, and knowing that I will be back by November. If there’s fights going on, I will be in them, I will be ready and I will be better than ever.”

Swanson ended a four-bout losing streak this past October at UFC Fight Night 161, where he captured a unanimous decision against Kron Gracie. Swanson is 11-7 during his tenure with the promotion and owns notable victories against the likes of Doo Ho Choi, Jeremy Stephens, Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira.

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