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UFC Veteran Cub Swanson will move down to the bantamweight division to face Jonathan Martinez on October 15. Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun via Imagn Content Services, LLC

After 20 featherweight fights in the UFC, veteran Cub Swanson will move down to the bantamweight division. His first bout will be against Jonathan Martinez at a UFC event on October 15.

“After 15 years in the Featherweight division I’ve decided to take my talents to 135 lbs. Why??? I simply needed a new challenge in my life. October 15th I’ll be facing Jonathan Martinez in my Bantamweight debut,” Swanson wrote on Instagram.

 

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Cub Swanson was inducted into UFC’s Hall of Fame

Cub Swanson was inducted into UFC’s Hall of Fame for his classic all-out war with Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206 in December 2016.

In his last fight, the 38-year-old delivered a solid performance against Darren Elkins. The spectacular first round TKO got him back in the win column after losing to Giga Chikadze in May 2021. During his long career, Swanson faced elite fighters like Frankie Edgar, Brian Ortega, Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira. All in all, he has a record of 28-12.

His next opponent, Jonathan Martinez, rides a three-fight win streak with decision wins over Zviad Lazishvili, Alejandro Perez, and Vince Morales. The location and venue of their bantamweight fight has not yet been confirmed. However, strawweights Angela Hill and Lupita Godinez is set to fight at the same UFC event, as well as Sam Hughes and Piera Rodriguez.

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