Cub Swanson came to his dark place thanks to… a SpongeBob song?


Athletes often have interesting habits that the rest of the world can probably trust: whatever it takes to get the job done.

For three consecutive fights, Cub Swanson came out on a song from “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”. For real. Last December, Swanson called on the movie’s Lil Mosey, Swae Lee and Tyga’s “Krabby Step” for his walkout to fight Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night 199.

Swanson won the fight with a TKO brutal enough that his “Killer Cub” nickname was right on the money.

But that night at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Swanson had his wife, former UFC host Kenda Perez, and three kids on hand to watch him in person. And that particular walkout song was there for a reason.

“I knew they were going to be there, and I knew there would be motivation,” Swanson recently told MMA Junkie Radio. “That’s why I kept the same song. I used to change it, but this is the third fight in a row that I have kept the song from SpongeBob SquarePants.

“It’s a cool song, first of all. But my kids – me and Kenda would play the song and say, “Hey, we’re going to watch daddy’s fight” and mentally prepare them so that when they hear the song they would clap. We did it all, and knew they were taken care of. I knew my wife would do a good job with this.

“Once I was really ready for the fight behind the scenes and in the zone, I focused on being mean. I felt like Darren was such a tough fighter, and I was ready to go three rounds with him that I had to go to that dark place where I sometimes have to go to be “Killer Cub”.

Swanson’s victory was good for a $ 50,000 bonus for the night’s performance. It was his third victory in four fights. Now he’s aiming for a possible WEC comeback fight against Urijah Faber and / or a bantamweight drop for his next challenge.

Fight Tracks: UFC Fight Night 199 Walkout Songs with Queen, AC / DC, Sweet and Nelly

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