The following are the quick results and opinions on UFC’s “Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov” event that took place on Saturday, April 22. The preliminary bouts aired on UFC Fight Pass (6:30PM EST) and on FOXSports 2 (8 PM EST), then the main card aired on FOXSports 1 at 10PM EST. The show took place in Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena.
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Bouts:
Fight #1: Hector Sandoval def. Matt Schnell by knockout in the first round of a flyweight bout. Sandoval broke a guillotine hold by slamming Schnell, then finished him off with hammer fists from a full guard position. A really impressive sequence to finish off the fight.
Fight #2: Bryan Barberena def. Joe Proctor by TKO in the first round of a welterweight bout. The two men stood in front of each other and egged each other on, then Barberena landed a hard right and standing knees that ended the fight. Barberena is often overlooked but is a fighter who has had a good run going of late.
Fight #3: Alexis Davis def. Cindy Dandois by unanimous decision in a women’s bantamweight bout. One immediate observation I had here was that Dandois lacks a striking game of any sort and her stand-up was poor. Dandois got takedowns in the third round but couldn’t do anything with them, either.
FOXSports 2 Preliminary Bouts:
Fight #1: Danielle Taylor def. Jessica Penne by unanimous decision in a women’s strawweight bout. Taylor is an interesting fighter. She is definitely a very good athlete but she seems to be oversized for the strawweight class. She would probably excel if UFC had an atomweight class for her to plug into. The first two rounds of this were really close, but I felt like Taylor had the edge in both cases, which I feel led to her winning the fight.
Fight #2: Scott Holtzman def. Michael McBride by unanimous decision in a lightweight bout. Holtzman threw everything at McBride and he took it. McBride would come back with submission attempts but Holtzman would always find his way out. A clear decision in favor of Holtzman though.
Fight #3: Brandon Moreno def. Dustin Ortiz by submission in the second round of a flyweight bout. Ortiz didn’t have success in the early going working for takedowns, but despite Moreno working well from distance Ortiz controlled the round. Ortiz got a big second round takedown, but Moreno escaped and pounced, locking in a rear naked choke that sent Ortiz out cold. Moreno put on a gutsy performance that makes him look like a real contender at 125 lbs.
Fight #4: Thales Leites def. Sam Alvey by unanimous decision in a middleweight bout. Leites scored an early leg kick that really kept Alvey from getting going in this one. He said the leg kick hurt his ankle, and Leites kept landing them while Alvey looked on. In the third, Alvey took both a shot to the groin and a finger to the eye. Double Ouch. Alvey might have won the third, but this was close throughout.
FOXSports 1 Main Card:
Fight #1: Mike Perry def. Jake Ellenberger by knockout in the second round of a welterweight bout. I find myself hoping that this is it for Jake Ellenberger. The guy has taken so much punishment through the years, and knockouts like this one will just shorten his life long term. Perry showed some great knockout power here with that short elbow – and he really didn’t seem to get all of it.
Fight #2: Stevie Ray def. Joe Lauzon by majority decision in a lightweight bout. This was a good come from behind win for Ray. He absorbed a lot of abuse early on, but Lauzon ended up gassing himself out in the first round. Lauzon entertains though and this fight was no exception.
Fight #3: John Dodson def. Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout. A slow and plodding fight that the crowd started to reject and boo. Dodson did prove his worth here though. He’s a smaller guy, but has good speed to counter that. He’s the kind of guy who should hang with many of the fighters at the lower end of the top ten, and maybe surprise some of the top contenders at some point.
They named Maurice Smith to the Pioneer Wing of the Hall of Fame.
Fight #4: Ovince Saint Preux def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima by submission in the second round of a catchweight fight. They fought this at a 210 lb. catchweight because De Lima missed weight. Saint Preux would get 30% of the purse. OSP can deliver on submissions when he sets his mind to it and this was a fight more in line of what people expect of him. I will be interested to see if he can again compete with ranked fighters. He didn’t name a next fighter, but he told Dana White to “send the contract.” Meanwhile, I think de Lima should move up to heavyweight.
Fight #5: Al Iaquinta def. Diego Sanchez by knockout in the first round of a lightweight bout. Highlight reel knockout for Iaquinta here, and a great comeback victory. He’s the kind of guy who could become a star and top fighter if he continues on. That brutal knockout for Diego wasn’t good for him, and he might be on borrowed time.
Fight #6: Cub Swanson def. Artem Lobov by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout. Both men looked good here in a very solid main event fight. Lobov looked good in defeat, putting on an impressive showing. Swanson showed some of his versatility in striking. One could say he fell a little short by not being able to finish Lobov when he had him in trouble a few times. Cub wants the winner of Aldo/Holloway in June. I don’t know if he’s at the top of the class just yet, but he’s definitely on his way.