Last night, the UFC touched down in “Music City,” Nashville, Tennessee, with a 13-fight card. This card featured plenty of action, as Brandon Moreno scored an epic submission win over Dustin Ortiz on the undercard, Mike Perry picked up an elbow-induced KO of the year contender over Jake Ellenberger, and Al Iaquinta crushed Diego Sanchez in the co-main event. Though the main event, which pitted the UFC’s fourth-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson against Conor McGregortraining parter Artem Lobov, did not produce a stoppage, it was no exception to the exciting tone of the card.
As a massive betting underdog, Lobov was given little chance against his well-established foe. That said, the Russian-born Irishman hung in there remarkably well, even arguably winning the first round. In the second, however, Swanson began to find his groove, punishing his foe with a dizzying array of strikes – from jumping switch kicks to spinning elbows. Amazingly, Lobov was able to eat everything the powerful Swanson threw at him, which meant that fans got to enjoy five wild rounds of action.
Unsurprisingly, this spirited battle between Swanson and Lobov also generated some interesting reactions from their peers. Here are some of the best pro reactions to UFC Nashville’s fun, five-round main event.
With his defeat of Lobov, Swanson moves onto a four fight win-streak. Prior to his defeat of Lobov, he engaged in a 2016 fight of the year contender with Doo Ho Choi. This unforgettable war, meanwhile, was preceded by decision defeats of Tatsuya Kawajiri and Hacran Dias. Now 25-7 in sum, Swanson could well be the featherweight division’s number one contender.
In defeat, Lobov returns to the loss column after back-to-back decision defeats of Chris Avila and Teruto Ishihara. His overall record has fallen back down to the .500 mark at 13-13-1, but in battling Swanson for five rounds, he more than proved he belongs in the UFC.
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This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 4/23/2017.