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Cub Swanson outpaces Artem Lobov in UFC Nashville main event

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In the main event of UFC Fight Night: Nashville, we got the chance to see Artem Lobov take on UFC veteran Cub Swanson. After a bitter war of trash

It was an unlikely pairing between a top five fighter in the division and an unranked fighter with an unimpressive professional record.

Despite the differences on paper, the fight would prove to be an entertaining bout over the course of five rounds.

Round 1

As they approached the center of the octagon neither fighter touched gloves as both men begin to feel each other out. Cub Swanson opens up the strikes with kicks alternating between striking the legs of Artem then to the head. Artem starting to visualize the risk forces Swanson into the clinch and ultimately scores the takedown at 3:55 of the very first round. Cub Swanson makes his way back to his feet to land another strong body kick. The round ends with both fighters standing to look for openings to strike.

Round 2

In the opening seconds of round, 2 Cub Swanson starts off throwing a head kick that lands on Artem Lobov at 3:55 in the second. Artem again forces Swanson into the clinch where Swanson begins to pummel the body of Lobov while he looks for the takedown trying to trip up the legs of Swanson. It was Cub Swanson that scores the takedown at 1:40 left in the round. Moving into full mount Artem rolls to give up his back and gets to his feet holding the weight of Swanson still holding on looking for a submission win. After no success Cub Swanson gives up and drops back to stand on the mat. The round ends with both men standing looking to throw more strikes.

Round 3

Within the first minute of the round, Artem Lobov looked a little fatigued, dropping his hands and breathing heavy. Swanson capitalized on this opportunity by landing two strikes over the right hand of Lobov. Looking to avoid strikes Lobov again looks to the clinch taking Swanson to the cage. Swanson begins to circle and breaking away returning the fight to the center of the octagon. Landing a devastating head kick that looked to wobble Artem he stays composed to feel out his opponent. With a cut opening above the right eye of Artem Lobov referee Herb Dean calls in the doctor at 2:03 of the round, who declares the fight may continue. Within the last few seconds of the round Cub Swanson attempts a cartwheel kick that did not land allowing Artem Lobov to bring the fight to the mat ending the round in the top position.

Round 4

In the first minute of the round, Artem Lobov lands an uppercut that buckles the legs of Swanson and pushes him to the cage. Swanson and Artem break apart and move back to the center of the Octagon where Swanson lands a devastating spinning back elbow at 2:52 left in the round. In the final seconds of round 4, Artem really begins to slow taking shots from Swanson ending the round.

Round 5

After an exchange Cub Swanson slips but quickly makes it back to his feet, only to have Artem forcing him back into the clinch against the cage where he pummels the body and lands a knee flush to the face of Artem. Pushing off the cage Swanson tosses Artem Lobov with a hip toss with 33 seconds left in the round. On the receiving end of strikes from Swanson Artem Lobov rolls allowing his back but gets to his feet and both men end the 5th and final round throwing strikes.

Official Result: Cub Swanson def. Artem Lobov via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

After the bout, Swanson called for the winner of the upcoming featherweight title fight between Champion Jose Aldo and Interim Champion Max Holloway.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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