Cub Swanson has had more important victories, as well as more spectacular ones.
But the fourth-ranked featherweight from Palm Springs, Calif., came through in a no-win situation Saturday against unranked Artem Lobov on UFC FIght Night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Lobov taunted Swanson and talked his way into the fight, then continued the verbal onslaught during the bout’s build-up. Lobov entered the fight with a 14-12-1 record and no wins of significance in the UFC.
That created a burden for Swanson, who had little to gain and much to lose by taking the fight. Lobov performed well, but he was no match for Swanson, whose accurate strikes led him to a wide unanimous decision.
Swanson’s accuracy was amazingly precise. He connected on 65 percent of his total strikes (193 of 301) and was 62 percent (168 of 272) in significant strikes.Read More »from Cub Swanson answers Artem Lobov's challenge, cruises to unanimous decision victory