Cub Swanson set for UFC bantamweight debut vs. Jonathan Martinez

Cub Swanson has accomplished a lot in his career, but one thing not on his resume is a UFC bout at bantamweight.

That’s about to change as Swanson will drop to 135 pounds to take on Jonathan Martinez at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 15. The location and venue of the event have not yet been announced. Both fighters recently confirmed the booking on social media. The matchup was first announced by MMA Ideas.

Swanson (28-12 MMA, 18-11 UFC) alluded to a drop down from featherweight after his most recent bout, a TKO win over Darren Elkins in December. He campaigned for a fight against Urijah Faber, a bout Faber voiced interest in, too.


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His drop down comes on the heels of three wins in his most recent four fights at featherweight. It won’t be the first time Swanson has competed that light in his career – however, it’s been a while. The last time he competed in the ballpark of bantamweight was 2005 when he fought at 132 pounds.

As for Martinez (16-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC), he enters the matchup on a three-fight winning streak. Victories in that stretch include Zviad Lazishvili, Alejandro Perez, and Vince Morales. The 28-year-old bantamweight fighter is a key member of Factory X. Martinez has won five of his most recent six outings.

With the addition, the UFC Fight Night lineup for Oct. 15 includes:

  • Jonathan Martinez vs. Cub Swanson

  • Loopy Godinez vs. Angela Hill

  • Sam Hughes vs. Piera Rodriguez