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UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Lobov Betting Odds and Preview

The UFC takes to Music City with a card that is undoubtedly…odd. The main event for the Nashville faithful is a bout between perennial contender Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov – also known as Conor McGregor’s training partner.

That doesn’t mean you should skip over this card, as the event features plenty of potentially fun bouts with the likes of Al Iaquinta, Diego Sanchez, John Dodson and Mike Perry. Basically, casual fans likely have no clue who is fighting but hard-core fans can see a hypothetically fun card.

Cub Swanson vs Artem Lobov

Cub Swanson (-600) has a smooth and fundamentally sound striking base, but he supplements that with some flashy techniques. Swanson loves to remain unpredictable in the striking game by constantly feinting and faking. The one thing that could be an issue in this fight is his hand placement, as Swanson can keep his hands low to help protect against takedown attempts.

Swanson’s wrestling isn’t especially great, but he has no problem whatsoever fighting from the ground. The BJJ black belt is constantly moving and angling for submission attempts if a fight takes to the mat and he has recorded seven victories via submission. However, this sometimes leaves him exposed, as five of his seven career losses have come via tap.

Artem Lobov (+400) is pretty much a one-note fighter. He almost always looks to counter in the striking game and can sometimes be very inactive if he is not pressed. He loads up on his strikes but only throws one at a time and can fight an entire 15-minute fight without really throwing a competent combination. ‘The Russian Hammer” has some solid power in his hands but is more about picking his opponent apart, with 16 of his 27 career fights going the distance. He will throw some kicks, especially low kicks, but his game is almost entirely built around his punches.

From what we have seen of Lobov’s grappling, it is not very good. He’s not going to be shooting for any takedowns and doesn’t offer much in terms of defensive wrestling. If the SBG product ends up on his back, there isn’t much he offers in terms of attack or getting back to his feet.

You are perfectly fair to question why Lobov is getting the main event slot against a premier fighter like Swanson. Leaving the theorizing of backstage politics aside, Swanson is superior to Lobov in literally every way. Swanson should easily win this fight but he is also a bit reckless at times, which could open him to counterpunches from Lobov.  

Other Notable Fights

Al Iaquinta (-400) returns to the Octagon after a lengthy contract dispute with the UFC when he takes on Diego Sanchez (+300) in the co-main event. Iaquinta is a precise, volume striker who picks his opponent apart over the entirety of the fight. He has fantastic defensive wrestling and very few fighters have been able to take him down. Basically, he is an advanced sprawl-and-brawler. However, it has been over two years since Iaquinta has fought, so it’s fair to wonder about ring rust. Sanchez (and whatever nickname he is going by now) is still built almost entirely around aggression. His striking game is getting more technically sound but his path to victory is about getting top control and harassing his opponent. Iaquinta should be able to win this thanks to his cardio and defensive wrestling, as long as he hasn’t lost a step.

An absolute firecracker of a bantamweight fight between John Dodson (-500) and Eddie Wineland (+350) has ‘fight of the night’ potential. ‘The Magician’ is one of the speediest fighters you will ever watch but still possesses fight-ending power. He was a two-time state wrestling champion in high school and does a good job at melding his striking and grappling together. Wineland is a lanky striker who will be better served using his size to keep Dodson at a distance in this one. He likes to counterstrike and has some serious power in his hands, so forcing Dodson to come at him may be Wineland’s approach.

Action fight of the card belongs to Joe Lauzon (+150) vs Stevie Ray (-185). Lauzon is a high-octane fighter who is constantly looking for a finish. Though the Bridgewater, Massachusetts native has pop in his hands, it’s his slick submission skills that make him deadly. However, like many fighters in the same mold, Lauzon greatly sacrifices his defense in order to continuously push forward. Ray is primarily a striker who does a great job at hitting and getting out of Dodge. He likes to flick out the jab to keep his opponent where he wants them. The rest of his game is built more on aggression, as he can land some decent shots in the clinch and works hard on the mat. Ray will need to suffer through a rough early storm, but he has the cardio to outlast Lauzon. That being said, Lauzon could very easily catch a sub if this goes to the mat.

UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs Lobov Betting Odds
  • Cub Swanson -600
  • Artem Lobov +400
Odds as of April 22 at Bovada
  • Al Iaquinta -400
  • Diego Sanchez +300
  • Ovince Saint Preux -165
  • Marcos Rogerio De Lima +135
  • John Dodson -500
  • Eddie Wineland +350
  • Joe Lauzon +150
  • Stevie Ray -185
  • Jake Ellenberger +125
  • Mike Perry -155
  • Thales Leites -130
  • Sam Alvey EVEN
  • Dustin Ortiz -150
  • Brandon Moreno +120
  • Scott Holtzman -315
  • Michael McBride +245
  • Jessica Penne -115
  • Danielle Taylor -115
  • Alexis Davis -300
  • Cindy Dandois +230
  • Bryan Barberena -350
  • Joe Proctor +265
  • Hector Sandoval +105
  • Matt Schnell -135