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Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson

Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :November 2, 1983
Height :5 feet 8 inches
Weight :61 kg

Cub Swanson is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Featherweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2004, Swanson holds the most post-fight bonus awards in division history with eight, including his WEC tenure he has been awarded “Fight of the Night” honors ten times.


BornKevin Luke Swanson 
November 2, 1983 (age 39)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
ResidencePalm Springs, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)

Cub Swanson Biography, EarlyLife

Kevin Luke “Cub” Swanson was born in California, United States, on November 2, 1983, to a Swedish-American father and a Mexican mother.

Cub Swanson’s father died of melanoma three months after his birth. After his mother became hooked on drugs, his father’s cousin adopted him and his siblings.

When he was 14, his adoptive parents divorced, and he went to live with his mother, who had recovered from her addiction at the time. He spent the majority of his childhood in church because his adoptive parents were religious.

Cub Swanson has two older brothers, Steve and Aaron, as well as two sisters, one of whom is disabled. Steve, one of his brothers, works at MMA with him.

Swanson attended Cathedral City High School. He did, however, associate with street gangs and participate in fights. As a teenager, he was sent to a juvenile detention center for a house robbery. He was discharged at the age of 17.

Cub Swanson began working with United Cerebral Palsy when he was 19 years old, assisting socially handicapped children.

Swanson was invited to train with UFC fighter Joe Stevenson. This marked Swanson’s introduction into professional MMA.

Cub Swanson Education

His educational history is not published because he has not yet given it to the public. However, this detailed information is currently being reviewed and will be updated soon.

Cub Swanson’s Height, And Weight

Cub Swanson has an athletic body standing at the perfect height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs around 66 kg.


Swanson was briefly linked to a bout against Gavin Tucker on May 1, 2021, at UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Procházka. However, Tucker was tabbed as a short-notice replacement to face Dan Ige at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad instead. Swanson instead faced Giga Chikadze. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Swanson faced Darren Elkins on December 18, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus. He won the bout via TKO in the first round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus award. Having one bout left in his prevailing contract, Swanson signed a new four-fight contract following the bout.

Swanson faced Jonathan Martinez in Swanson’s bantamweight debut on October 15, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 212. He lost the fight via technical knockout in round two.

Swanson returned to face Hakeem Dawodu in his return to the Featherweight division on August 12, 2023, at UFC on ESPN: Luque vs. dos Anjos. He won the fight by controversial unanimous decision. 11 of 13 media outlets scored the contest for Dawodu.

Fighting style

Many MMA media outlets say that Cub Swanson is one of the most entertaining MMA fighters. MMA junkie reported, “Swanson is a man who will give you a gritty, exciting fight”. comments “Cub’s style tends to be wild, unpredictable, and very explosive”. Swanson has 10 fight night bonuses for UFC/WEC featherweight bouts. This is the highest in combined divisional history. calls Swanson “an exciting fighter”. MMA fans call Swanson’s style “Beautiful Destruction” 

Swanson is known for his creative striking. Many pundits cite Swanson’s ducking roundhouse kick/cartwheel kick to the head as his most distinct move. Swanson often sets up with a left hook, then follows up with a ducking roundhouse kick to the head. This combination was used against Artem Lobov. In other cases, Swanson would throw a single ducking roundhouse kick with no setup, like in his fight with Ross Pearson and Doo Ho Choi.

Swanson’s movements are very unorthodox. He tends to feint while punching, as exemplified in WEC 52. Swanson often switches stance after kicking, something which he did against Dennis Siver. He also puts a lot of weight into his punches. Weight shifts give him more power but shift him off balance. This makes Swanson susceptible to take-downs and counters. Similarly, Swanson’s stance switches make him vulnerable to leg kicks. Low kicks tend to disrupt his footwork.

In his fight with Doo Ho Choi and Dennis Siver, Swanson escaped from inferior positions. Despite this, 7 out of Swanson’s 11 losses are by submission however since these losses he was highly praised for his takedown defence against world-class jiu-jitsu fighter Kron Gracie at UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson in 2019. Swanson stated on his UFC profile that Superman’s double wrist lock is his favorite move.

Swanson stated that Bruce Lee inspired him as a fighter.


Swanson began training MMA in 2003. His typical workout routine involves striking in the morning and cardio exercises in the afternoon. Grappling sessions take place at night. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu medalist Rigan Machado coaches Swanson’s BJJ. Former boxing champion Joel Díaz teaches Swanson boxing.


Cub Swanson owns an MMA gym, Tru MMA, in Indio, California.

Swanson also co-owns a UFC Gym in Costa Mesa with Michael Bisping. Swanson taught intermediate MMA classes at the UFC Gym on May 10, 2017. Classes included Boxing, kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. “As a native of Southern California,” remarked Swanson on the UFC website, “I look forward to bringing this community, which is both near and dear to my heart, a myriad of amazing amenities and programs to help them TRAIN different and live a healthier lifestyle.” Eventually, Swanson started attending training camps over at his gym.

Cub Swanson’s Net Worth

As of 2023, his net worth is $1.5 million. As of 2023, Cub Swanson had earned around $1,879,500 in his career, with $1,763,000 coming from his UFC fights.

Cub Swanson received approximately $200,000 for his fight at UFC 206 and $146,000 at UFC Fight Night 123.

Cub Swanson’s Wife, Marriage, Children

Cub Swanson is currently married to Kenda Perez. Kenda is a UFC and Fox Sports host from the United States. The couple married on June 1, 2018, and they have three children.

Their first child, Royal Rae Swanson, was born on August 21, 2017. Their identical twin sons, Saint Cub Swanson and King Cub Swanson were born on September 2, 2018.

Swanson spends his spare time golfing in his hometown of Indio, California. He now resides in California with his family.

Cub Swanson Awards

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Darren Elkins 
    • Fight of the Night (Six times) vs. Dennis Siver, Jeremy Stephens, Doo Ho Choi, Artem Lobov, Brian Ortega, and Kron Gracie  
    • Knockout of the Night (Two times) vs. Ross Pearson and Charles Oliveira
      • Tied (Max Holloway & Yair Rodriguez) for most Post-Fight bonuses in UFC Featherweight division history (9)
    • Tied (Conor McGregor & Chad Mendes) for second-most knockouts in UFC Featherweight division history (6)
    • Third most bouts in UFC Featherweight division history (21) 
    • Third most wins in UFC Featherweight division history (13) 
    • Third most total fight time in UFC Featherweight division history (4:15:34) 
    • Third most knockdowns landed in UFC Featherweight division history (9) 
    • Third most significant strikes landed in UFC Featherweight division history (1319) 
    • Third most total strikes landed in UFC Featherweight division history (1517)
    • 2016 Fight of the Year vs. Doo Ho Choi 
    • UFC Hall of Fame (Fight Wing) vs. Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206 
  • World Extreme Cagefighting
    • Fight of the Night (Four times) vs. Micah Miller, Hiroyuki Takaya, John Franchi, and Mackens Semerzier
    • 2014 June Fight of the Month vs. Jeremy Stephens 
  • ESPN
    • 2016 Fight of the Year vs. Doo Ho Choi
  • World MMA Awards
    • 2016 Fight of the Year vs. Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206 
  • Sherdog
    • 2012 All-Violence First Team 
    • 2016 Fight of the Year vs. Choi Doo-ho
  • MMA Mania
    • 2016 Fight of the Year vs. Doo Ho Choi 
  • CBS Sports
    • 2016 Fight of the Year vs. Doo Ho Choi


What is the net worth of Cub Swanson?

His net worth is 1.5 million dollars.

What is the height of Cub Swanson?

His height is 5 feet 8 inches.

What is the age of Cub Swanson?

His age is 39 years as of 2023.

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