Over the last three years, Cub Swanson has been involved in three “Fight of the Night” award winners, including his “Fight of the Year” bout against Doo Ho Choi, which went down last December at UFC 206 (see it again here).
It was that memorable fight that ultimately convinced Artem Lobov to ask for a fight against Cub.
“I saw that fight and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a great fight. I’d love to get some of that,’” he told UFC.com. “So I asked for Cub, and I got it.”
It’s a puzzling matchup to say the least, as Swanson is ranked No. 4 at Featherweight, while Artem doesn’t have a place in the top 15. Then again, you can’t fault Lobov for taking a chance... plus it’s good to be friends with Conor McGregor.
Still, Lobov admits Cub has been on his radar for quite some time, as he knows the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) standout brings it night in and night out. And since he likes to bang just as well, Lobov didn’t hesitate to say that their upcoming match at UFC Fight Night 108 this weekend (Sat., April 22, 2017) in Nashville, Tennessee, could go down as one of the greatest of all time.
“Cub has been one of those guys that I’ve looked at for a long time and thought, ‘He would be a great fight for me; it would be a fight,’” Artem said. “You don’t see many fights anymore, and I feel that with Cub, it would be one of them. It would be a good one for the fans, a great one for me to be involved in, and I feel that it would go down in history as one of the greatest fights of all-time potentially.”
While it’s a big prediction, Lobov says it’s simply the way he approaches fights and his career.
“Hey, that’s the way it is,” Lobov said. “You’ve got to set your goals nice and high and plot your way towards that. If something doesn’t work, you change the route a little bit, but don’t change your goals. Don’t change your dreams. Set it and then chase them, no matter what. And that’s what I do.”
A win over an established veteran like Swanson, according to Artem, is just the next step on his way to the gold. Just another body to add to the pile of corpses, so to speak.
“My main goal has always been to fight the toughest fights and take on everybody,” he said. “But it happens to be that the toughest guy always holds the belt, so eventually I do want to challenge for the title and I do see myself fighting for that belt in the future. And if I’m honest, the way I see it when it’s all said and done, there’s gonna be a mountain of corpses behind me and that gold wrapped around my waist.”
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