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UFC Fight Night 44: Cub Swanson Vs. Jeremy Stephens

ufc fight night 44

Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens

It’s time for the main event, as featherweights Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens square off.

Swanson (20-5) is fighting for the first time since last July when he finished Dennis Siver for his fifth straight win. Stephens (23-9) is on a three-fight win streak, all of which have come since he dropped down from lightweight.

Round 1: No touch of gloves and we are off. Stephens throws a kick and Swanson answers. Huge right leg kick for Stephens, and Swanson fakes a right and follows up with a kick of his own. Stephens checks a body kick, as Swanson is moving and changing stances quite a bit. Stephens coming back with a good straight jab. Swanson with a cartwheel kick that misses, but was still pretty impressive. Stephens catches him with a huge right hand that stops Swanson in his tracks. Swanson with a right, fires off a kick that Stephens catches, and that allows Stephens to score with a counter.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stephens

Round 2: Stephens catches Swanson and lands an uppercut, and a right. He has found his striking range, cutting off the Octagon and trapping him. Stephens continues to hit Swanson with all his power shots, getting an “it didn’t hurt” smile out of Cub. Again, Stephens catches him coming in and drops Swanson for a brief moment. Another lands for the underdog, who has been on-point so far. A second cartwheel kick connects for Swanson, this one stunning him for a brief second. Stephens with a power takedown, and Swanson uses the fence to get back to his feet. No admonishment from the ref for the use of the cage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stephens

Round 3: The corner of Stephens seemed concerned over a possible hand injury between rounds. Swanson with a big right that lands, and Stephens counters. Swanson goes to the body and has Stephens rocked and reeling. He’s peppering him with quick right jabs after a liver shot. Swooping left and right from Swanson land and an uppercut. More rights by Swanson connect to the face and Stephens goes for a takedown. Just like that, with one shot, the momentum has turned in the favor of the favorite. Kick to the face is blocked by Stephens. Stephens wants to slow things down, going for a takedown as we approach the one-minute mark.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Swanson

Round 4: Much better round than the third for Stephens, as he is staying away from the range of Swanson and landing his own shots. Stephens pounces when Swanson gets his foot caught between the canvas and the fence. He’s gotten back to his feet, but allowed Stephens to gain the clinch. Reversal and we go under two minutes. Stephens throws the right, which he hasn’t done much, maybe confirming the possible break. Perfect combo for Swanson to conclude the round, as he also defends a takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Swanson

Round 5: Swanson’s corner had to tell him this was the final round, as he thought there were two left. He opens up a cut on the nose of Stephens. Body shot for Stephens connects, but not much power behind it at this point. Kick to the liver for Swanson, a cartwheel kick and several jabs, and he is coming after Stephens now with two minutes to go. A right catches Stephens and his face is starting to show the wars now. All smiles for Swanson with 90 seconds left. As we go under 30 seconds, Stephens lands a right and Swanson smiles. Another right and Stephens is teeing off with power punches. Swanson answers and this one ends with fireworks and a hug.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Swanson

Cub Swanson def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)