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Cub Swanson sidelined by Tooth Infection

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UFC's Cub Swanson sidelined by tooth infection, hoping for quick return

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Feb 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm ET



Former WEC competitor Cub Swanson's UFC debut was put on ice this past week.

The veteran fighter was forced out of a scheduled UFC on Versus 3 bout with Erik Koch, who now meets fellow featherweight Raphael Assuncao next month UFC 128.

Swanson today told MMAjunkie.com Radio ( www.mmajunkie.com/radio: www.mmajunkie.com/radio ) about the reason for his scratch from the card, and it was a mouthful.

"It's sad to say, but my tooth got infected," said Swanson, a three-time "Fight of the Night" bonus winner in the WEC. "Between that and the weight cut with the infection, I could barely get out of bed in the morning."

MMAjunkie.com first reported Swanson's withdrawal this past week, though the reason for it wasn't immediately known. Initially, Swanson said he tried to fight through the excruciating pain and planned to go through with the fight. (Remember, he's a tough guy's tough guy and once finished a fight with two broken hands.) But as his mouth swelled up from the infection and he saw his stamina crashing, he knew he was in trouble.

"We couldn't ... get into the dentist right away," he said. "The timing was getting worse and worse, and my condition was getting worse and worse. ... I was having a hard time doing anything.

"I couldn't hit a bag I was so exhausted. I've finished a fight with two broken hands. So with the tooth, I was like, 'Come on. Really?'"

Part of the problem was that his body was struggling to fight off the infection. When he added antibiotics to the mix, he was as good as done.

Swanson, who has a resting heart rate of 40, still found himself utterly exhausted by workouts. He dealt with such issues in the past, and he learned from those situations.

"Generally you can't take antibiotics right before a fight because it pretty much kills your cardio," he said. "If I get sick within four weeks of a fight, I won't take antibiotics. You just can't do it."

Swanson (15-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) ultimately got in to see the dentist. In addition to his infected tooth, he learned his wisdom teeth had to go too. So he went under the knife this past week and now is healing from the procedure.

"They told me I'd be out a couple weeks with my jaws being so swollen and the incisions," he said. "But once I'm healed, I'm going to call the UFC. They told me they'd be working on me getting another fight quickly."

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