UFC Fight Night 108 might not have any huge names but the brass at UFC are making up for that with six solid fights on the free main card so stop your bitching (if you were even bitching). Strap up and get ready for these fights to go down on April 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Cub Swanson vs. Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov
I am totally biased in this fight, as a long time fan of Swanson and the opposite for Lobov but will do my best here. Aside from the style match, this is a super odd fight for the UFC to be putting on let alone for a main event. Lobov is only 2-2 in the UFC and haven’t fought anyone closed to being ranked. While Cub is a long time ranked fighter coming off one of the craziest fights ever.
The Russian Hammer came into providence on season 22 of TUF and was coddled throughout the season by teammate and coach, Conor Mcgregor. Artem is a striker by trade and likes to think he hits very hard but only 4 out of 13 of his wins come via T/KO. His record is 13-12 overall. He is coming off a good win against a good prospect but this is a huge step up in competition.
Cub Swanson was an import from WEC when they started the lighter weight divisions and has always been at the top of the division. He trains with the Jackson/Winkeljohn camp in Albuquerque. His striking is very diverse willing to mix up his combos to land punches.
While neither are considered an elite grappler, Swanson is the more experienced on the ground and imagine he has a big advantage on the ground. Don’t be surprised to see him snatch up his neck in a transition after getting rocked.
Predictions: Swanson by submission in the second
Al “Raging” Iaquinta vs. Diego “Dream” Sanchez
Al is returning to the cage after 2 years away due to contract disputes, injuries and opponents dropping out of fights. He last fight he beat Jorge Masvidal by split decision. Iaquinta trains with the Serra/Long camp up in New Jersey with a bunch of other killers. He has really good hands, a sturdy chin, and very difficult to be taken down.
Diego Sanchez has been switching off between winning and losing for a few years now. Sanchez just isn’t the same guy he used to be. A pressure fighter that is willing to take one to give one but can take or give them like he use to. I am sure he will have his moments in the fights, but ultimately it is his time to lose again. Stylistically this is a bad fight for Sanchez.
Prediction: Al by TKo in the second
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima
OSP is on a three fight losing streak and another loss here could send him packing to other organizations. There is no shame in losing to the best in the division but it isn’t a good look to lose to a UFC debutant from Switzerland.
While Marcos is coming off a big TKO win, he also failed to make weight for that fight by four pounds. Hopefully he has fixed whatever issue that caused him to miss weight.
Both guy are primarily strikers and like to get the finish.
This fight comes down to how OSP plans on fighting this one. He needs to press the action and can’t sit back and lose rounds trying to be a counter puncher. If he gets back to his roots, he can get back in the win column, otherwise expect to see him in Bellator very soon.
Prediction: Marcos by decision
John “The Magician” Dodson vs. Eddie Wineland
Dodson will be giving up 4 inches in height a 3 in arm reach for his third fight back at bantamweight after a long run at the top of the flyweight division. He is coming of a close decision loss to the very danger John Lineker and will be looking to get back on track to another title fight. While he will be the smaller man, he makes up for that with blistering speed very few can match plus some solid KO power. He is incredibly tricky to keep down, I wouldn’t be too shocked to see him shoot for a takedown in this fight.
Eddie is a gunslinger on the feet. When he is in the groove, his hands hurt people causing 60% of his win to come via T/KO. He will need to use his reach, feints, pressure to control the fight while not getting hit with a counter bomb. The problem he has had is getting hit by elite striker and getting controlled on the ground by good wrestlers.
Dodson isn’t an elite technician but has the power, speed, timing and tools to control and end the fight.
Prediction: Dodson by KO in the second
Joe “J-lau” Lauzon vs. Stevie “Braveheart” Ray
You can’t count J-Lau out just yet. At 32 and with 39 fights, his best days are past hime. That doesn’t mean his isn’t the same bonus machine every one knows him as. He as deceptive power on the feet and loves to snatch up any submission that is open in transitions.
Stevie first started out his career as a middleweight and has slowly slimmed down to the lightweight division. As tristar fight, he has very good kickboxing and an excellent jab. Ray does have a purple belt in BJJ but should mess around with Joe on the ground for any extended period of time.
Prediction: Stevie Ray by Decision
Jake Ellenberger vs. Mike Perry
Jake is a crazy story in fighting, once 27-5 with some real hype behind him in the UFC and now is 2-6 in his last 8 fights and was one loss away from getting his walking slip. He is still a good wrestler with solid power in his fists and shins plus tons of experience.
Mike Perry is coming off his first loss to Alan Jouban in a fight he was outclassed on his feet for 15 minutes. He is a wild brawler with some big power and says some crazy shit in interviews. He wasn’t expected to win any of his fights in the UFC so I am interested to see where the betting lines end up on this fight.
Jake should have the tools to beat Mike as long as he doesn’t get caught with some a punch. Mike is still very young but wouldn’t expect to see a huge leap of improvement in 4 months since his last fight.
Prediction: Ellenberger by decision