UFC Fight Night 108 Fight Card
The action will unfold later this evening (Sat., April 22, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 108 reside on FOX Sports 1 from inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, as featherweight contender Cub Swanson welcomes hard-hitting prospect Artem Lobov to the department’s next level of competitors. It will be Swanson’s first main event given that losing to Frankie Edgar back in 2014, while it will mark Lobov’s very first headlining act in his short UFC career.
On paper, Swanson definitely has the advantage in the majority of departments. He’s faster, quicker, more versatile, more knowledgeable and just a more well-rounded fighter. However just because Swanson’s capabilities within the cage look to provide him a substantial lead out the gate doesn’t suggest he’ll squash “Russian Hammer” on arrival. In fact, Lobov’s effort at jumping the featherweight chain of command to secure the No. 5 ranked opponent is the reason that he’s the ‘Fighter to Watch” tonight in Nashville.
Regardless of his determination to let most words slip out of his mouth in effort to produce memorable sound bites, Lobov’s appeal will just grow if he’s able to win in sensational fashion inside of the Octagon. His journey atop a division that training partner Conor McGregor once ruled begins tonight versus Swanson. Lobov has actually tape-recorded a pedestrian 2-2 record because making his advertising debut in 2015, but this is without a doubt his most prominent bout to this day. That will either bring out the best “Russian Hammer” we’ve ever seen or it will require Lobov to make an irreparable mistake that will hang him out to dry in the Music City.
While Lobov has more than most likely received a preferred push up the divisional ladder because of his relationship with McGregor, there’s no denying the featherweight’s primal instinct to throw caution to the wind and choose the kill. Lobov’s free-swinging methods and forward advancements frequently leave him open for damage, however it’s that exact same level of offending perseverance and aggression that fight fans delight in seeing. If Lobov can display that mindset once again, overthrow a top-ranked challenger and extend his existing win streak to three, 2017 might be a year that he pushes deep into the leading 10.
UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov Apr 22, 2017 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tennessee
Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov
Al Iaquinta vs. Diego Sanchez
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima
John Dodson vs. Eddie Wineland
Joe Lauzon vs. Stevie Ray
Jake Ellenberger vs. Mike Perry
Thales Leites vs. Sam Alvey
Dustin Ortiz vs. Brandon Moreno
Scott Holtzman vs. Michael McBride
Jessica Penne vs. Danielle Taylor