Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov)

 

The UFC returns to Nashville when top featherweight contender Cub Swanson and hot prospect Artem Lobov take eachother on in the main event in what will be accompanied by other interesting matchups in the great state of Tennessee. Here are my picks and predictions for how all of the main card fights for that evening will go down:

Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger vs. Mike “Platinum” Perry

Mr. Ellenberger why do you constantly find ways to to stay employed by the UFC? You would seriously have a much better time in Bellator in all honesty. Instead you want to fight knockout artist Mike Perry instead? Good luck with that. Mike Perry is just going to have a field day with the aging “Juggernaut” here. I, in all seriousness, am a huge fan of Jake Ellenberger but don’t see this fight going his way (or very long for that matter). I will be cheering for you Ellenberger but I won’t bet on you that’s for sure. Winner: Mike Perry via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Joe Lauzon vs. Stevie “Braveheart” Ray

This is probably going to be fight of the night because of the fact that Joe “every fight I am in is fight of the year contender” Lauzon is in it. And then there is Stevie Ray who is just there to put a stop to Lauzon. The only problem is that he won’t. Lauzon is more superior in the submission game than his opponent and will look to put him away in that manner. “Braveheart” isn’t going to let Lauzon lock anything in on him though and will try to go the whole fight without being put in a bad position. It will be in the third round where Ray is tired that Lauzon will lock in a submission to win the contest. This is my very detailed prediction that I am very proud to make. Don’t like it? Prepare to look foolish! Winner: Joe Lauzon via Submission in Round 3 (Seriously if I get this right then someone owes me a steak or something.)

John “The Magician” Dodson vs. Eddie Wineland

I think John Dodson is a fghter who is just ready to make an impact in the bantameweight division. I expect him to look for a knockout in this fight and I also expect him to get it. It might take him a little longer than usual because Eddie Wineland is a decent fighter who does not get put away easily. I believe a second round finish is going to happen, but do not be surprised if it is in the third round as well. Winner: John Dodson via Knockou/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Ovince Saint Preux vs. Marcos “Pezao” Rogerio de Lima

Ovince Saint Preux is the most overrated fighter in the light heavyweight division. There I said it. He is so conservative that you wonder if he plans to throw a strike at all. Just look at his last three fights where he refuse to lead the pace and instead spent the majority of his time trying to inspect the cage wall by walking around it for about the entire fight. Marcos Rogerio de Lima is going to have a great time with OSP and will put him to sleep like Jimi Manuwa did. OSP’s strategy was good gainst lower tier fighters, but when you put him up against a knockout artist such as “Pezao” then he will crumble. Winner: Marcos Rogerio de Lima via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Al “Raging” Iaquinta vs. Diego”Lionheart” Sanchez

This is the return to fighting after a contract dispute stopped him from doing so. Iaquinta has been a very talented fighter who has been knocking out opponents left and right. Diego Sanchez on the opposite end has been going the distance to a mixed result of either winning or losing. I do not expect this one to go the distance however because of Iaquinta’s ability to finish opponents. I feel “Lionheart” should make it pass the first round, but will be stopped in the second or maybe third at best. Winner: Al Iaquinta via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Cub Swanson vs. Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov

Here is a matchup that nobody asked for. How Artem Lobov became a main eventer with just a 2-2 in the UFC is beyond me (maybe his relationship with Conor McGregor). Regardless, here is how I think the fight will go down: Lobov will tire out from being in a five round fight and Cub Swanson will keep the pressure up while still picking his shots. I don’t think Swanson will be able to knockout “The Russian Hammer” but he has proven me wrong in the past. Seeing that Lobov has only been stopped via strikes once in the past (and that did not even put him to sleep) I do not think it will happen in this fight. Expect this one to go the distance in Swanson’s favor. Winner: Cub Swanson via Decision

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