It will have been just about a year to the day since Swanson (15-4) last fought, as a pair of injuries kept him from making his UFC debut against Erik Koch twice this past year.
For Swanson, the hype following the first UFC on FOX fight is enough to know he will be making history; he just wants to be making history with a win over Lamas.
“People keep talking to me about the significance of the show and how big it is, and I can really appreciate that,” said Swanson, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “This is something I’m gonna look back on and I’ll be really proud of myself for being part of this show. But for now, I’m just so excited about overcoming what I’ve gone through that this is a bonus for me. I get to go out there and I’m just focused on this one dude, and I’m gonna fight my heart out.”
Swanson was injured during training for the Koch fight, as he suffered orbital, nasal and cheek fractures, along with a broken upper jaw in which all the teeth on the left side of his mouth go pushed in.
“I just took three days off after surgery. People think that when they don’t see me, then I’m not in the gym,” Swanson said. “I’m not one of those guys. I’m not a guy who goes and parties and takes time off and does all that. I’m not satisfied until I win, and I haven’t won since November of last year. So I’ve been in the gym.”
Swanson is 2-2 in his last four fights, with the two losses from to current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and current #1 contender Chad Mendes. He has earned seven of his fifteen career wins by submission.
Fans can catch Swanson’s fight with Lamas as part of the Facebook broadcast starting at approximately 4:45 PM EST.
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