Las Vegas, NV – Through 40 career bouts and at least 5 different professional promotions and at 38-years-old Cub Swanson is still winning fights in exciting fashion. Swanson defeated Darren Elkins via TKO at UFC Vegas 45 at the UFC APEX on Saturday night.
For Swanson his family has become what he values the most and his children were in attendance to witness their father get his hand raised in the octagon.
“You know it’s pretty personal but I don’t mind talking about it I just get all choked up. They’re at the exact age that I have all my memories right now. There’s been plenty of times in my life where people will talk to me about things that happened when I was younger and it doesn’t really mean as much to me because they’re just stories that people have that I don’t really relate with because I don’t remember,” Swanson told the media at his post-fight scrum.
“I just wanted them to be able to have the experience and not just hear stories about me.”
Has becoming a father made it harder for Swanson to get into the mindset and mode that fans have been come to expect from him in the cage?
“As I become a father you know I’m taking care of them a lot of the time. My wife stepped up when I get to the end of training camp but most of camp I’m right there with her taking care of them. I’m not being gritty and mean and getting in that killer mode all the time. It’s not as easy. I just knew that today I needed to wake up and be that killer.”
Swanson is pretty open to what comes next but he said he and his wife take it one fight at a time. At this point in his career he’s in position to possibly do some rematches and one stuck out to the long-time featherweight.
“I think people always to see the (Jose) Aldo fight. It didn’t really get started. I always felt like the fans wanted that one back and deserved it back. I mean we’re both still around so you never know.”
Watch the rest of Cub Swanson’s UFC Vegas 45 post-fight interview above.