Cub Swanson on Ortega’s choke:’I felt like I was going to die’
Cub Swanson was disappointed he had to tap out in the second round last weekend in Fresno, California, against Ortega.
“I felt like I was picking him apart, getting my flow from the (start),” Swanson told MMAjunkie. “I was figuring him out. I thought it was one of my best performances until getting caught. … I was landing big body shots, big leg kicks. Everything I wanted to execute I was doing. I felt great, and I messed up.”
Although the fight was a setback, Swanson gave credit to Ortega for putting him in a guillotine he couldn’t escape.
“It crushed my head, and it’s like my neck just flared up, and I panicked,” Swanson said. “I felt like I was going to die.”
“I think he’s still got some work to do, but obviously all the tools are there because you can’t teach poise and determination,” Swanson said. “He’s got that. That’s why he’s undefeated. That’s why he’s come from behind all of his fights.”