10 Former Gang Members Who Became UFC Fighters


Cub Swanson

Current UFC featherweight star Cub Swanson’s father died when he was just 3 months old and with his mother unable to cope he was sent to live with relatives who were deeply religious and also opted to home-school him.

When they divorced, the now teenage Swanson returned to his mother in Palm Springs, California, where he would soon begin to rebel against his upbringing by joining a local gang.

Street fights became a regular occurrence for Swanson and he found himself in serious trouble when he was sentenced to two years in a juvenile detention center for burglary at 17years old.

However, Swanson emerged a better person, deciding to avoid his past mistakes and turn his life around for the better by doing volunteer work in the local community and focusing his attention on mixed martial arts, paving the way for an extremely successful career in the sport.