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Midnight Mania! Cub Swanson vs Shane Burgos set for UFC Ottawa on May 4

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Apr 22, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Cub Swanson (red gloves) before fighting Artem Lobov (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Featherweight veteran Cub Swanson will be making his return to the cage against young gun Shane Burgos on May 4, 2019, in Ottawa, Canada.

The bout has the potential to be an amazing scrap if the 35-year-old Swanson still has something left in the tank. After piling up a four-fight win streak, including 2016’s rightful “Fight of the Year” against Doo Ho Choi, he proceeded to drop three straight: a fight he was winning until he lost against Brian Ortega, a close but clear loss to Frankie Edgar, and a shockingly quick loss to Renato Moicano, who dropped him with a jab before submitting him.

Burgos, meanwhile, lost his undefeated record via knockout to Calvin Kattar. He was knocked down in his next bout, but threw up a slick armbar to snatch the win against Kurt Holobaugh. Swanson will look to prove he still belongs at this level; Burgos, meanwhile, will look to make his name with an emphatic win over a fighter as well-known as Swanson.



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