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CUB SWANSON: UFC FIGHTER REVEALS HOW TO DEAL WITH LOSING
Cub Swanson tells the whole story about the business of fighting in the UFC… “Before I would train six weeks for a fight, as hard as possible. In six weeks, you don’t really get a day off. I mean, you have your days off, but if you get hurt, you can’t really take them. You have your schedule, so if you get hurt before a hard span of three days then you lose those three days.
“If they’re the most important days of your week and you miss that, then your whole week is gone. That’s the way a fighter thinks. Then you think ‘Now I can only train for five weeks. Now it’s a short camp.’
“Mentally, you always feel like you’re trying to play catch up, rather than just being prepared. If you push yourself, get injured, and have to pull out of the fight, it becomes an insecurity. That’s how it is in the beginning. Over time I learned I just have to make it to the fight. I was losing out on so much money not getting to the fight and not being healthy.”
“What I started to do was having a pre-camp, the middle portion of my camp, and then finishing camp. The beginning is just going through the motions, getting in shape, trying to break down game plans, and trying to get all my skills as sharp as possible.
“The middle camp is revving it up, and then the third portion is ending everything on a high note and then winding down. That way I have 12-14 weeks of camp that I’ve been preparing; not just for the fight but for any fight. Usually for that first portion I don’t have an opponent or a date yet.
“By the time they give me the fight, I’ve already been training for five or six weeks. I’ve literally done half my camp and the other guy will Tweet: ‘Oh, first day of camp,’ and I just think ‘I got him.’ I just feel more prepared. If I have to take a day off, I can take a day off. I could take a week off! I’m prepared.”
How Cub Swanson deals with losing in the UFC
“I think that everybody deals with it differently, and some people have to convince themselves that it was a mistake in order to come back fully. It’s pretty crazy because, in the sport of boxing, you get a guy who loses one time and he’ll never come back. In our sport, nobody goes undefeated. It’s almost impossible. You stay in the sport long enough and you are going to lose. You have to learn to just make adjustments. I’m always brutally honest with myself.”
— Cub Swanson explains how to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed by success —
“When I lose a fight, I don’t feel like I’m a failure. I feel like the fighter I created in this training camp failed. I’m the inventor and this prototype failed and I have to rebuild. Loss doesn’t make you a failure. Send out a new prototype.
“When you separate from what you did to who you are, I think that’s important. For me, as a fighter, I don’t feel like a failure. I feel that the fighter I created for that day – that piece of the puzzle with all the work that my coaches and I put in – didn’t live up to what I was hoping, so let me rebuild. When I’m winning, it’s just minor tweaks.”
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