Like many of his contemporaries, Cub Swanson has not been happy with the treatment he has been getting from the UFC. After feeling constantly devalued because of title shot snubs, along with his perception about the “pampering” of both Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, the UFC featherweight contender became hesitant to renew his contract until after his Saturday night fight against Brian Ortega in Fresno.
UFC president Dana White, however, hopes that Swanson would reconsider his decision.
“I yelled up to him, too (from cageside), ‘Let’s get a deal done,’” White said in a post-fight media scrum (transcript via MMA Fighting). “Cub’s been around forever, he’s a great kid, and I like him and hopefully we can get something done with him. And I can keep him happy. I want him to be happy, so we’ll see.”
But from his end, Cub remains cautious about making any move, especially since he already made his declaration about ending ties with the UFC.
“I don’t know,” Swanson said in a separate media interview. “It stings, it’s like, it just gets thrown back in your face, ‘Oh, you just don’t win the big ones,’ so it’s like what am I gonna say? I’m sure we’ll negotiate.”
“Dana said, ‘Let’s make a deal right now,’ he was outside the cage,” he added. “But it’s like, do I gotta crawl back and say, ‘OK, I’ll take that deal you offered me that I said ‘no’ to’? So we’ll see. I’m going to enjoy family over Christmas, all that, and try not to be in low spirits because I thought I fought great, I just didn’t get the ending I wanted.”
Swanson ended up losing to Ortega via second-round submission, breaking his four-fight winning streak. Both fighters, however, bagged Fight of the Night honors and $50,000 each.