If you loaded up on favorites for Saturday’s UFC picks, the first round of drinks is on you. Chalk was the right choice for all six fights on the main card in Nashville.
Combat sports are extra-tough on underdogs. There are no teammates fighting with you in the Octagon, no rain delays to bail you out of a bad situation. But Saturday’s Fight Night 108 card in Nashville was even chalkier than usual; all six of the bouts on the main card went to the favorite, including the entertaining Featherweight main event between Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov. Swanson won by unanimous decision over his game opponent, cashing in at –600 on the UFC odds board.
Lobov came a lot tougher than advertised – but we should we really expect anything less from someone who trains at Straight Blast Gym Ireland under John Kavanagh? The “Russian Hammer” appeared to win the first round after out-striking Swanson, finding success with leg kicks and even taking down the favorite. But the other four rounds went Swanson’s way, as he connected on a regular basis from multiple angles; still, with a little more polish at SBG Ireland, Lobov could be a contender.
Everyone loves Diego Sanchez, but how many more beatings can he take? Al Iaquinta (–400) returned to the Octagon for the first time in over two years and made short work of the fan favorite, knocking Sanchez out with a hard right at 1:38 of the very first round. At least that was 12 seconds longer than his TKO loss to Joe Lauzon (–120) at UFC 200.
UFC Fight Night 108 results: Stevie Ray escapes early trouble, takes majority decision vs. Joe Lauzon https://t.co/aGcsDUoAMr— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) April 23, 2017
Speaking of Lauzon, as you can see from the above tweet, he lost a majority decision to Stevie Ray (–165). And yes, it was on like neckbone. Ray’s from Scotland, and this was his first time fighting stateside for the UFC after racking up a 4-0 record in Europe (and a loss in Brazil), so not a lot of people knew about The Man They Call Braveheart. They know now. Put this one in your memory banks for the next chance we get to put Ray in our UFC picks.