The UFC was in Nashville, Tennessee for UFC Fight Night 108 headlined by Cub Swanson vs Artem Lobov. The rest of the card featured a long awaited return of a ranked fighter, fighters attempting to stay relevant, and young fighters trying to get some buzz about themselves.
Cub Swanson entered his contest as a huge betting favorite, which closed at -600 against Lobov. Many people didn’t think Lobov deserved to face Swanson, especially not in a UFC main event. Lobov wasn’t listening to the critics. The Russian fighter came out very relaxed and won the first round by getting an early taking down and establishing his range with several kicks to Swanson’s legs.
The favorite Swanson looked much better in the second round. He landed a head kick in the round that buckled Lobov’s legs. Later in the round he was able to take Lobov down from the clinch. He controlled the ground attempting to sink in a rear naked choke.
Swanson began to have some fun in the third round. Both guys exchanged heavy shots, but the best strike a spinning back wheel kick that touched Lobov’s facem and had him visible hurt. Swanson sensed the end and pushed the pace, landing a series of big shots. He landed a huge straight right hand and a cartwheel kick that excited the crowd as the rounded ended.
Lobov came out aggressive in the fourth round landing a right uppercut and right hook that stung Swanson. Swanson landed a huge spinning back elbow that sent Lobov across the the octagon. Swanson landed a few clean right hands later in the round. The fourth round was a close round but Swanson won it.
In the last round, the Russian continually pushed forward but was often countered by the American, who landed the cleaner of the shots, including a left hight kick. The two fighters clinched near the end of the round, and Swanson landed a perfect Judo throw on the Russian. He unloaded some shots on top on Lobov, who escaped with ten seconds left and the two fighters slugged it out for the remainder of the fight. The MMA Takeover scored the fight 49-46. Cub Swanson wins by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46).
In the co-main event, Al Iaquinta returned from a two year layoff due to a brief retirement to face Diego Sanchez.The Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner Sanchez had changed his name to “Lionheart” for the fight, and it appears his heart is the only thing he has left. Iaquinta make quick work of Sanchez. He dropped Sanchez with a right hand and just as it seemed that Sanchez has recovered, Iaquinta dropped and finished him with an even bigger right hand. Iaquinta wins by 1st round TKO.
After losing his three previous fights, it seemed that Ovince St. Preaux had his back against the wall heading into his contest with Marcos Rogerio de Lima. It appeared that St. Preaux might drop his fourth fight in a row after the first round. de Lima controlled the round by pushing the pace and backing up St. Preaux with a series of body kicks. However in the second round, St. Preaux quickly took de Lima down and locked in a Von Flue choke causing the tapout. St. Preaux wins by 2nd round submission (Von Flue choke)
In one of the most anticipated fights on the card, former UFC title challengers, John Dodson and Eddie Wineland squared off in a disappointing fight. Both guys spent the majority of fifteen minutes disengaging. Wineland simply pumped a jab at distance not trying hit Dodson, while Dodson mostly fainted towards his counterpart. Of the two, Dodson did land the majority of the small amount of strikes that were landed. The MMA Takeover scored the fight 30-27 Dodson. Dodson wins by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
Joe Lauzon stepped into the octagon for the 24th time in his career, this time against Scottish fighter, Stevie Ray. Lauzon knew he had a big advantage in the ground game and quickly brought Ray into his world. The Massachusetts fighter got a takedown and after a brief scramble where Lauzon had Ray’s back, Lauzon landed a large amount of punches and knees from on top.
Lauzon came out in the second round much slower than the first. Ray started to really put together some good work. He landed some nice elbows and some power hook and straight shots. Lauzon was able to get a takedown in the second half of the round but mostly just ride out the round.
Lauzon came out in the third round looking desperate to get the takedown. Ray started the round landing some quality strikes on the feet and landed some nice elbows while defending a takedown against the fence. Lauzon was able to get a takedown but Ray landed several elbows from the bottom. Ray worked to his feet and started to tee off on Lauzon for the last forty seconds of the fight. Possible getting himself a 10-8 round. The MMA Takeover scored the fight 28-28 draw. Ray wins a majority decision (29-27, 28-27, and 28-28).
Jake Ellenberger and Mike Perry kicked off the main card and promised fireworks. Ellenberger was doing very well in the first round by landing shots and mixing in takedowns. However that ended early in the second round. Perry landed a left hook that dropped Ellenberger. Just as it appeared that the Juggernaut had recovered, Perry knocked him out with a short right elbow. Ellenberger stayed unconscious for a very long time. Perry wins by 2nd round KO.
- Thales Leites over Sam Alvey by unanimous decision
- Brandon Moreno over Dustin Ortiz by 2rd round technical submission (rear naked choke)
- Scott Holtzmann over Michael McBride by unanimous decision
- Danielle Taylor over Jessica Penne by unanimous decision
- Alexis Davis over Jake Ellenberger by unanimous decision
- Bryan Barberena over Joe Proctor by 1st round TKO
- Hector Sandoval over Matt Schnell by 1st round KO