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UFC Vegas 78 results: Cub Swanson surprised by unanimous decision win over Hakeem Dawodu in co-main event

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Cub Swanson expressed genuine shock after being announced the winner in the close-fought match against Hakeem Dawodu at UFC Vegas 78’s co-main event.

In a tough initial round, Dawodu landed some powerful body shots, but Swanson managed to stage a comeback and ended the fight on a strong note. The judges’ unanimous decision of 29-28 in favor of Swanson caught him off guard, and he was seen applauding, seemingly ready to congratulate Dawodu.

Swanson, however, was the one declared the victor after the three rigorous rounds. “I felt like I was enjoying the moment,” he commented after the fight. “I believed I took more hits. I usually am hard on myself, so I need to watch it again. The anticipation was nerve-wracking since people now recognize me and expect brilliance.”

Swanson demonstrated his courage by engaging in strikes with Dawodu, a renowned Muay Thai expert. After absorbing some heavy blows early on, Dawodu began to focus on Swanson’s lead leg with kicks, followed by head punches.

An intense stand-up exchange led to Dawodu landing a powerful kick to Swanson’s torso, causing him to protect his body momentarily and also suffer from a bleeding nose.

In the second round, Swanson found renewed energy, delivering a series of forceful uppercuts. Though Dawodu remained focused, he was forced to clinch to avoid further damage.

The fight continued with Swanson trying to break free from Dawodu’s grip, drawing him into a brawl where he was able to inflict more harm. However, Dawodu regained control and reverted to a more technical approach.

As the final moments approached, Swanson managed a late takedown and seemed to be working towards an arm triangle choke, but Dawodu kept scrambling until the end.

Swanson’s last-minute momentum surge proved decisive in securing a win in his return to the 145-pound category after a brief stint at bantamweight. The victory takes his record to 4-2 in his last six fights, and at 39, Swanson remains a formidable competitor for anyone entering the cage to take him on.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Cub Swanson

Who won the co-main event fight between Cub Swanson and Hakeem Dawodu at UFC Vegas 78?

Cub Swanson won the fight by unanimous decision.

What was the score from the judges for the fight?

All three judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Cub Swanson.

How did Cub Swanson feel about his win?

Swanson was legitimately surprised by the victory and even thought he took more hits during the fight. He commented that he was enjoying the moment but would need to watch the fight again to assess it fully.

What tactics were used by Hakeem Dawodu during the fight?

Dawodu targeted Swanson’s lead leg with kicks and used punches to the head. He also utilized a more technical approach to striking and worked from the clinch.

How did Cub Swanson manage to secure the win?

Swanson forged a comeback after a tough first round, landing several hard uppercuts and managing a late takedown. His surge of momentum towards the end of the fight helped him secure the victory.

What is Cub Swanson’s record after this win?

Cub Swanson’s record improved to 4-2 over his past six fights, solidifying his reputation as a tough competitor in the cage.

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4 comments

Sara_91 August 14, 2023 - 7:42 am

i was there live and let me tell you the energy was electric. Cub’s reaction was priceless, you could tell he didnt expect to win.

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UFCEnthusiast August 14, 2023 - 12:02 pm

What a fight. 3 rounds of back and forth action. Kudos to both fighters, Swanson just showed that age is just a number!

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MikeJr August 14, 2023 - 8:45 pm

Cub’s still got it! Didn’t think he would pull through after the first round, but wow, what a comeback!

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FightFanatic12 August 15, 2023 - 5:43 am

dawodu was good to, just needed a bit more focus on his strategy. Swanson was on point this time though, well deserved win!!

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