UFC Vegas 62’s Jonathan Martinez: “Damn, I Just Beat Cub Swanson”

Las Vegas, NV — Jonathan Martinez unquestionably picked up the most significant win of his career at UFC Vegas 62.

Martinez (17-4) felled Cub Swanson with a leg kick on Saturday, spoiling “Killer” Cub’s bantamweight debut in the co-main event of the evening.

“All this week I wasn’t really thinking about who I was fighting,” Martinez admitted backstage following the fight, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press.

“After I got the win, I was like ‘damn, I just beat Cub Swanson.”

Martinez admitted that he felt a little disrespected by Swanson heading into the fight. “It kind of felt disrespectful when he has an interview and he doesn’t say nothing,” Martinez said, referring to Swanson having a teammate speak for him during the UFC Vegas 62 media day. “So I had that all week. I was like ‘he’s looking at me like I’m nobody.'”

Of course, Martinez himself is not the most vocal fighter; perhaps he could have taken the same approach as Swanson all along. Stay silent, and let someone else do the talking. “I didn’t know that. Now I know,” he said with a laugh.

After the fight, Martinez called out another veteran, Dominick Cruz. “He’s up there too,” Martinez noted. “We’ve got all these guys up there. You’ve got Dominick Cruz, you’ve got Cody [Garbrandt]. If Cody wants it, I’ll fight him. He’s waiting for other guys; if he’s waiting for other guys, he’s pretty much going to be waiting for four or five years. So you know, I’m ready, he’s ready.”

Watch the full UFC Vegas 62 post-fight press conference appearance by Jonathan Martinez above.