Cub Swanson Feels Shorted By UFC
Cub Swanson has joined those over the past few weeks who have railed against the UFC’s matchmaking. Swanson, who believed he and not Jose Aldo should have fought Max Holloway at UFC 218, and told Yahoo Sports that he feels slighted and shorted by the organization.
“No, I haven’t been, and I feel all the fighters should be paid more,” Swanson said. “I feel I was putting in my dues for a long time out of an ignorance of thinking, ‘I’m going to put in the work and I’ll be taken care of.’ I feel I’ve been paid good, but when you see guys like Conor [McGregor], guys like Nate Diaz, who are hardly fighting and make a couple of [million] each fight, man.”
“I’ve trained side-by-side with all these boxers and they make more money than me. My boxing coach [Joel Diaz] makes more money than I do making a small percentage of one of his boxers’ purses. That put it into perspective, especially when I’ll look at a boxer and realize that he doesn’t train harder than me. For everything I’ve already done and what I bring to the table, and what a lot of us do, we should be taken care of more long-term, that’s all.”
Swanson says part of the popularity of figures like Conor McGregor and former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey received preferential treatment from the UFC, causing other fighters to get slighted.
“[They sold millions], that’s very fair, but I also think both of them were very pampered,” Swanson said.
“You know I’ll take slack for saying that, but it’s very true. I tell young fighters this all the time. Me and [Brian] Ortega both, we’re just another fighter from California. We’re not from a country that doesn’t have any other fighters and so we don’t have an entire country backing us up. So we’re not an easy sell from a promoter’s perspective.”
While Swanson hasn’t gotten the promotional push that went behind McGregor or Rousey. Swanson has headlined three UFC Fight Night cards during his UFC tenure, with a fourth on the way when he takes on Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC Fresno on December 9th
Swanson went on to say in the interview, that he won’t jump at non-title opportunities unless he gets paid handsomely in return.
“I would never say yes to a fight that would take me out of the title picture if I’m in it,” Swanson said. “If I did it, I’d want to be compensated. That’s the important thing. If you ask me to do something like that, I need to be compensated correctly.”