Another great night of fights have ended when highly ranked UFC featherweight fighter Cub Swanson faced off against Conor McGregor’s sparring partner Artem Lobov in Nashville, Tennessee. With that said I break down the fights and explain what happened in “Music City” at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov:
This is why I said Jake Ellenberger should just stop while he could’ve, but nope he had to just keep on fighting like a “warrior” should. I’ll give him this, the fight started well for “The Juggernaut” as he was able to use his strikes and takedowns well to take the round. He stunned the crowd when he dropped his opponent Mike Perry in the second with a well placed right. But that vicious power from “Platinum” came when it was needed as he was able to drop Ellenberger with a well placed hook punch. Then when you thought it couldn’t get any more intense, Perry hit Ellenberger with the hardest elbow strike on the feet I have ever seen. Need evidence that it was the hardest? Ellenberger di not wake up until after the commercial break and the winner was announced. Talk about “getting put to sleep.”
Winner: Mike Perry via Knockout in Round 2
This was another classic case of the judges making the wrong decision. Joe Lauzon started the fight off well by immediately taking Stevie Ray to the ground and working for submissions. When he couldn’t get the submission he would land sharp elbows and hard punches from the top. The second round was partly on the feet but then went back to Lauzon’s world of pain where he took Ray down and continued to control him. The last round got much more interesting. Lauzon told his corner before the round started that he was tired. He went out there anyways and put on his best poker face. “Braveheart was able to take advantage and gave Lauzon some of the hardest shots he could dish before the time limit was reached. I was pretty sure the fight would go to Lauzon’s favor due to his offense in the first two rounds. The first should have been scored a 10-8 due to Lauzon dominating his opponent for nearly the entire five minutes of the round. But you know what they say: Never leave it in the hands of the judges.
Winner: Stevie Ray via Decision
This went flawlessly for John Dodson for he gave Eddie Wineland the “too-slow treatment.” He hit Wineland with countless strikes and got hit with barely anything. The commentators said he Wineland looks like he was in a fight and Dodson looks like he just got out of the shower. Dodson could have gotten the knockout if he yielded a bit more offense but instead chose the path that involved him getting hit less. It was an easy decision win for John Dodson and I look forward to seeing him fight in the future with his great speed and power.
Winner: John Dodson via Decision
It appered that my prediction would come true with Marcos Rogerio de Lima leading the way with his numerous kicks and heavy punches. But that all changed when
the fire nation attacked Ovince Saint Preux responded in the following round by catching one of “Pezao’s” leg kicks and pushing him to the ground for a takedown. OSP kept top control and landed some brutal elbows which caused Rogerio de Lima to hold his opponent close to him. This led to OSP to use a Von Flue Choke on his opponent (which involves pushing your shoulder down on your opponent’s neck) to pick up the much needed victory. I will never doubt OSP again.
Winner: Ovince Saint Preux via Submission in Round 2
Al Iaquinta is back and just put the lightweight division on notice. Both fighter were being patient with their strikes which was something that “Lionheart” did not do often in his prolific career. “Raging” was able to land a hard right hand that dropped Sanchez to the mat. Sanchez was able to recover shortly before Iaquinta was able to pick his final blow which made Sanchez fold like a chair to finish the fight early for the two.
Winner: Al Iaquinta via Knockout in Round 1
I think th main reason these main events have become predictable for me is due to the fact that fighters in the main event are more well known. This went exactly how I imagined it going and if you want to see how I imagined it going then click here. Still, Artem Lobov showed great heart and was able to sruvive Cub Swanson’s assault he entire 25 minute fight. But surrviving should not be his only goal in the UFC. Winning is the name of the game and he was unable to land the neccessary amount of punches to put Swanson away. His strikes had power but were slow and out of range. Swanson, on the other hand, showed why he deserves a title shot and will more than likely get one in the near future. His strikes were on point and had a bunch of creativity that kept his opponent guessing what his next move will be. This was a great fight and will more than likely win fight of the night.
Winner: Cub Swanson via Decision