Cub Swanson And His Road To UFC

Below is an excellent video for all aspiring fighters to watch. What you’ll see is the story of Cub Swanson and his journey towards becoming a successful professional fighter. As evident throughout, Cub’s success isn’t just about what he does, but more importantly what he’s been able to overcome.

So often young fighters ask how they should train. The assumption is that if you train properly, you will succeed. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Yes, it is important to train hard, but equally important to persevere through pain and failure. The life of a young fighter is often difficult and lonely. There are no shortcuts to the top. Throughout your arduous journey, there’s a good chance you’ll get knocked down, injured, and be surrounded by so-called friends who believe you should quit.

The pain and sacrifices that a fighter endures cause many to break, physically and mentally. It is a difficult path and if you aren’t willing to take your lumps and bruises, don’t expect to excel.

Cub Swanson’s life is similar to many fighters. He had a rough childhood, got into trouble, had some difficult losses early in his career, and had to overcome countless injuries. Yet despite all the setbacks and obstacles, he kept moving forward.

He’s now a successful fighter who is as hungry as ever. He continues to excel yet remain humble. Young fighters can learn plenty from the example he’s set.


“So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” – Og Mandino


  1. Holy Smokes! The injuries Cub is willing to sustain and work through is mind-boggling. Champions in any area of life all seem to have the same qualities. Guess it ain’t rocket science; although I like to pretend it’s complicated. I’m getting ready to go run hills, and (like usual) I have a few butterflies knowing what I’m about to put myself through. So I’m here once again at rosstraining for inspiration. Thanks, Ross. I’ll definitely keep Cub on my radar.

  2. No offense but he’s an idiot for taking that much damage. He isn’t even making a lot of money. And if he does make millions eventually his body will be too broken to enjoy it.

  3. I think more important than the amount of money he is making is the fact that he is doing something he loves for a living and succeeding at it. He is on a 5 fight win streak with 4 by stoppage.

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