It might not have been the most well received main event when it was announced, but Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov put on a show when the lights were on.
Swanson and Lobov received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their five-round featherweight battle in the UFC Fight Night 108 headliner in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night. Lobov, a big underdog heading into the bout, withstood a barrage of punishment over the course of 25 minutes and may have even gotten the better of Swanson in the opening stanza. Ultimately, it was Swanson’s multi-faceted offensive arsenal that prevailed, as the Jackson-Wink MMA representative captured a unanimous verdict.
Meanwhile, Mike Perry authored a “Knockout of the Year” candidate and earned himself a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus in the process for his finish of Jake Ellenberger in a welterweight bout. Early in the second stanza, “Platinum” dropped his foe with a left hook. Ellenberger quickly returned to his feet, but Perry delivered a brutal standing elbow in the clinch shortly thereafter that floored “The Juggernaut” for good at the 1:05 mark.
Finally, Brandon Moreno garnered the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check with a first-round submission of Dustin Ortiz in a preliminary flyweight tilt. Ortiz controlled much of the frame with takedowns and tieups, but Moreno turned the tide when he floored Ortiz with a head kick. From there, the Mexican prospect took his foe’s back and locked in a rear-naked choke to secure the tapout 4:06 into the first round.