Cub Swanson will headline tomorrow night's UFC Fight Night from Austin, Texas, facing Frankie Edgar in a pivotal featherweight bout where the winner could -- but may not -- receive a shot at champion Jose Aldo. Swanson says that if his chance at the gold is further delayed, he could consider a full-time move to boxing, or at least a part-time gig:
"All I know is that, in my mind, I finish Frankie Edgar, that I'm getting that title shot. That's all that's on my mind. If I don't get that, who knows? Maybe I'll do something different. Maybe I'll go start boxing. ... It's something I feel like I'm pretty good at. I actually really considered switching to boxing. All my trainers thought I had a big upside to doing that as a career."
Swanson, 31, has a career 21-5 record in MMA and is 6-1 in UFC. He recently did some work with former junior welterweight and welterweight champ Timothy Bradley, who fights December 13 on HBO against Diego Chaves. Swanson trains with Jackson-Wink in Albuquerque, as well as at Joel Diaz's boxing gym.
I have no idea if Swanson could make a successful transition to boxing as a career, but our own Connor Ruebusch has been impressed with his boxing technique in the past, and he has sparred with high-level boxers like Bradley and Julio Diaz.
Most likely, it's just talk, but maybe it's an itch Swanson will eventually want to scratch.