During a Thanksgiving Day interview with WEC featherweight contender Cub Swanson, which was conducted by FiveOuncesOfPain.com’s very own Paul Balsom, Swanson spoke about his upcoming fight vs. Jens Pulver scheduled for the next WEC card on Wednesday, Dec. 12 (9 p.m. ET on Versus).
The two had been scheduled to fight in September but the match was postponed after Pulver sustained a knee injury while training. During the interview with Balsom, Swanson insinuated that Pulver may have pulled out of the fight for reasons beyond just an injury:
PB: You have your fight with Jens coming up. Jens, after TUF, and Zuffa have made a big deal of him dropping to 145. It’s possible that he may be seeing this fight as a triumphal entry into the WEC. What are your thoughts on that?
CS: I think he did. I think he thought he was going to plow right through me… until he started getting little injuries and not having the best training. I think he started to hear that I was training hard and I was ready for him. When he saw me in person, and then I wasn’t a little guy, and I wasn’t in bad shape. I was already in shape over a month out from the fight.
I think he maybe thought, “Maybe I just rethink this, and start over.” I know he got injured, but I would bet every cent that I have that it wasn’t as bad as he’s making it sound, or else he wouldn’t be fighting so soon. I think he got a second chance to regroup, and I don’t think he’s taking me lightly at all this time. I think he knows that I can pose a big threat to him.
Pulver recently issued a response via a YouTube clip. While the clip is brief, it doesn’t take long to realize that Pulver is not happy with Swanson’s assertion: