Published: Thu, April 27, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Cub Swanson out duels Artem Lobov, wants title shot

Cub Swanson out duels Artem Lobov, wants title shot

You know, he called me a b*tch and he said I had no balls. "I don't think it was my best performance, but definitely a good one".

"It's amusing - I've got to respect his guts to want to shoot up so high, to take a fight like this, but at the same time, I think the way he's doing it is disrespectful", Swanson said of Lobov's pre-fight comments. Two years later, he's right back in title contention and coming off one of the most thrilling battles to ever grace the Octagon.

But a defeat is a defeat and Lobov insists he does not take extra self-belief from being able to hang with Swanson for five rounds. He had great success with left-handed counterpunches following Lobov's right-handed jabs or hooks.

'I would love nothing more than to knock him out and shut him up, ' he concluded.

That all makes it seem like the most likely scenario is that this fight was set up as a showcase for Swanson and that Lobov is here for the express goal of playing foil.

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"I'd like to fight the victor of Aldo and Holloway".

He added: 'I'm always up for the challenge, I don't really need any extra motivation but when somebody is just talking c**p and saying things about me that aren't true, it is my opportunity to teach this guy a lesson for trying to be something that he's not'. He checked them out and I hit his elbow pretty good. Lobov wasn't almost as polite during his pursuit of this weekend's clash and he has stayed on the "personal insults" bent since the bout became official earlier this year.

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"I lost", he said. But if you start saying blatant lies, that upsets me. "I had a good fight at the end of the day".

Lobov's best chance of causing an upset against the man ranked sixth in the featherweight division was to draw him into a scrap. While he did experience a two-fight skid in 2014 and 2015, he has gotten himself back on track with a four-fight win streak. OK, it's a professional fight in Tijuana.' Going from that to Indian reservations to getting slowly bigger shows and now I'm headlining big cards like this. Their celebration provided the highest-profile moment of Lobov's somewhat under-the-radar UFC career to this point.

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