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Fifteen years ago, a 20-year-old Cub Swanson and a 16-year-old Kron Gracie met in a jiu-jitsu competition, which the latter won by the slimmest of margins. That was Swanson’s last jiu-jitsu match. Fast forward to 2019 and Swanson is looking to avenge that loss, this time inside the Octagon.
The two featherweights will co-headline UFC Fight Night 161 at the Amalie Center in Tampa, Florida. For Swanson, it’s about proving that he has a lot left in his tank, while for Gracie it’s a chance to show that he has what it takes to keep up with the division’s best. Let the numbers below give you an idea on how the fight might play out.
Overall MMA experienceGracie has only been fighting professionally since December 2014, during which time he has been a perfect 5-0. He debuted at Real Fight Championship 1 in Japan, at which point Swanson was already a veteran of 27 professional fights. The native of Palm Springs, California, was one month removed from his fight with Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 57 and about four months away from his bout with Max Holloway at UFC on Fox 15.
Swanson made his debut on July 25, 2004, opposite fellow debutant Shannon Gugerty at an event called Total Combat 4 in Mexico. He fought in various regional promotions before making it to World Extreme Cagefighting and eventually the Ultimate Fighting Championship. With a 25-11 record, he holds notable victories over Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens and Dennis Siver.