Former Ultimate Fighter standout Artem Lobov took a huge step up in competition last night (Sat., April 22, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 108 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, when he took on featherweight veteran and perennial title contender Cub Swanson in a main event collision.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the early going. Lobov was able to land some solid leg kicks and mix in a takedown along the way, while Swanson found a home for his straight right. In Round 2, Swanson was able to land a whipping head kick before Lobov battered him with more leg kicks. Lobov controlled the action with a drawn out clinch before Swanson caught him sleeping and secured a sweeping takedown. From there, Swanson was able to land some solid ground-and-pound before taking Lobov’s back. Lobov remained patient and got back to his feet before the frame came to a close.
Swanson started to really take over in Round 3. He blasted Lobov with digging oblique kicks, landed a nasty spinning head kick and left a cut near the Russian’s left eye that forced referee Herb Dean to consult the doctors. After the action resumed, Swanson continued to blast Lobov with left hook counters whenever Lobov exited an exchange. Swanson even mixed in a cartwheel kick before the round came to a close.
In Round 4, Lobov stunned Swanson early with an uppercut along the cage. Swanson would recover, landing an impressive spinning elbow on “Russian Hammer” in the middle of the Octagon. Lobov was still visibly tired, but he pushed forward and slung heavy leather at every turn. He even landed a knee at the close of the round. With only five minutes remaining in the fight, both men went for broke. Swanson would land the more meaningful strikes down the stretch, including a head kick and massive Judo throw that further bloodied Lobov. In the end, it was Swanson who escaped the five-round war with a unanimous decision win.
The full fight video highlights can be seen above courtesy of UFC.
With this win, Swanson extends his current featherweight win streak to four. Lobov isn’t the biggest name in the division, but he’s a fighter that was capable of taking everything Swanson had to offer. If Swanson wants to get back into the title mix in 2017, he should probably have his sights set on the winner of this humdinger.
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