Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, Cub Swanson, has been around the block a few times, thanks to nearly 15 years in mixed martial arts (MMA), which includes a successful run in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).
So, having fought the best the division has to offer, including Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, and Brian Ortega, just to name a few, the budding brewmaster can tell the difference between a clean athlete and a juiced-up monster.
Which is why he chose to stay put when his contract was up for renewal.
“I’m all for USADA,” Swanson told The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “I spent a long time fighting for the company without the major drug testing, and I feel like I wasn’t a big fan of that, so I just was thinking in my head, ‘Do I really want to be fighting guys who I know are just cheating?’ And I’m not one to do that, so I was happy to sign back with the UFC and be in a clean sport.”
While it’s not 100-percent clean, it’s certainly come along way since the days when TRT was legal and running rampant in UFC. That said, Swanson, 34, believes the “tainted supplement” excuse is designed to shift blame.
“I have a hard time believing a lot of those [tainted supplement excuses],” he said. “I mean, you’re supposed to be on top of all that stuff. With our coach Sam (Calavitta), everything that we take, he’s putting a stamp of approval on it, and if we were to test positive, he’s basically putting our whole team — like, ‘Hey, we all take this stuff. We give it to USADA, this is what we’re taking. Feel free.’ And I feel very confident every time they test me. I’m like, yeah, come on, test me, I’m good, I’m clean.”
Swanson (25-9) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak when he collides with Brazilian up-and-comer Renato Moicano at the upcoming UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (Aug. 4, 2018) inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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