What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov)

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:


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

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

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Joe Lauzon vs. Stevie “Braveheart” Ray

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


John “The Magician” Dodson vs. Eddie Wineland

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


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

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 “Raging” Iaquinta vs. Diego”Lionheart” Sanchez

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

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Cub Swanson vs. Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov

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

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