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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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Vitor Belfort vs Uriah Hall in the works for January 14th

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Longtime UFC veteran Vitor Belfort announced on his Instagram that he is set to meet “The Ultimate Fighter 17” runner-up Uriah Hall.

The fight is set to take place on January 14th according to “The Phenom”, no event has been announced for the date yet. The bout marks Belfort’s first fight since beating Nate Marquardt in a controversial unanimous decision, back in June. Belfort had previously announced his retirement fight would come against Marquardt but has since changed his mind.

Belfort has been on an interesting run since his amazing KO filled 2013. He came back in 2015 in a middleweight title fight against then champion Chris Weidman. He would end up losing the fight via TKO after almost knocking out Weidman early on. He went on to knock out Dan Henderson before dropping three fights in a row by TKO, the latest, against Kelvin Gastelum, was changed to a no-contest, after Gastelum failed a drug test for Marijuana.

Uriah Hall looks to make his return to the cage after knocking out Krzysztof Jotko, back in September, in a fight many deemed the “comeback of the year”. Uriah had previously been on a three-fight losing skid, dropping a decision to current interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, and losing his next two via TKO.

The winner of the fight would end up on a two-fight winning streak and could potentially find themselves a few fights away from a title shot. Although no event has been announced for January 14th, it seems the UFC is already looking to get some fights booked. It is still unclear if this fight will serve as the main event.

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.

This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.

Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK

  • Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
  • Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
  • Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK

  • 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
  • Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg

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The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.

The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.

Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.

Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.

Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.

Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.

With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
  • Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
  • Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
  • Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
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