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A featherweight bout between Artem Lobov and Cub Swanson headlined a six fight UFC Fight Night 108 event from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, with a co-main event of Diego Sanchez versus Al Iaquinta at lightweight

The main card began in the welterweight division, as thirteenth-ranked Jake Ellenberger(31-12) looked to bounce back from a defeat last time out against opponent Mike Perry(9-1) who was looking to do likewise

A tentative back-and-forth two rounds of mostly kickboxing were utterly shattered at 1:105 of the second round when Perry was able to land a brutal short elbow on the inside to the face of Ellenberger that knocked Ellenberger out before he even hit the ground in what will be a contender for ‘knockout of the year’

Moving to the lightweight division, the second bout featured veteran Joe Lauzon(27-13) taking on Scotland’s Stevie Ray(20-6)

A fight that ended up going the distance, both fighters showed a willingness to throw big strikes while Lauzon was able to get a takedown in both rounds 1 and 2 and maintained top control for a significant amount of time, however in the last half of the second round Ray was able to get back to his feet and assert dominance in the stand up exchanges

The dominance continued into the third and final round, with Ray easily out-striking a tired Lauzon, and after going all fifteen minutes the three judges gave the fight to Ray via majority decision28-27, 29-27, 28-28

Shifting to the bantamweight division, John Dodson(19-8, #BW) took on Eddie Wineland(23-11-1, #10BW) with Dodson looking to rebound from a loss last time out while Wineland was looking to extend to a three fight winning streak
A dull encounter with little action, the bout went all three rounds and consisted mainly of Dodson using his

superior speed and quickness to avoid any damage from Wineland’s strikes, with Dodson bloodying his opponent’s face en route to a unanimous decision win

The fans booed the fight during all three rounds as well as during Dodson’s post-fight interview
Former light heavyweight title challenger Ovince St Preux(19-10, #8LHW) was looking to break a three fight losing streak in his light heavyweight bout against Brazilian Marcos Rogerio de Lima(15-5-1), with de Lima looking to build on a victory last time out

Round one was a even affair with both fighters exchanging strikes though neither was able to gain a significant advantage or upper hand in the first five minutes, however in the second round American St Preux was able to excel, first by getting a takedown against the fence and then after a few minutes by getting a Von Flue choke to which de Lima had no choice but to submit at the 2:11 mark of the second round

In the lightweight co-main event, veteran Diego Sanchez(29-9) was looking to win a second consecutive bout, while opponent and betting favourite Al Iaquinta(12-3-1, #14LW) was returning from a two year absence and looking to extend to a five fight winning streak

Iaquinta returned in the most spectacular fashion possible, as after a minute of tentative punches from both fighters, Iaquinta landed a short right hook in an exchange that dropped Sanchez, and after Sanchez was able to recover and get back to his, clearly still rocked, Iaquinta finished him off with a straight right that dropped Sanchez again before the referee stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:38 of the first round

The featherweight division was the focus for the main event, as American Cub Swanson(24-7, #4FW) took on Russian Artem Lobov(14-12-1-1NC) with Swanson attempting to get back into the featherweight title picture while Lobov was looking to enter the divisional rankings

An entertaining five round bout, Lobov started impressively by winning the first round, however the American began to get the better of the majority of the following four rounds as Swanson was able to combine his striking and wrestling to shut down an offense from Lobov

Lobov, the betting underdog going into the fight, was simply not good enough to compete with one of the featherweight division’s best, with Swanson even able to partially land a spinning back kick to the head during fight

After going the distance, the judges gave the fight to Swanson via unanimous decision who extended his winning streak to four and put himself firmly back into title contention.

By Matthew Singh-Dosanjh