Swanson vs Dawodu is one of those fights that you need to cancel any and all other plans for. Swanson has been a fan favorite, even before joining the UFC. Back at featherweight and looking to get back in the win column, Cub will try and dispose of the dangerous Hakeem Dowadu.
UFC on ESPN 51 is a great card that offers nothing but bangers. Not a single fight on the prelims went to the judges and the main card has so much talent on it. Here, you'll find the UFC live coverage for this electric co-main event. For the UFC round by round coverage of the main event, we've got you covered here.
Swanson vs Dowadu: How do They Match up?
Both Swanson and Dowadu are prolific finishers. Hakeem has finished seven of his thirteen wins by way of KO/TKO. On top of that, he's only been finished once and that was by submission, so he's not only dangerous, but he's durable too. He'll need both of those attributes tonight as he takes on the UFC hall of famer, Cub Swanson.
‘Killer' Cub is one of the most unique fighters the UFC has been blessed to sign. He's like, an educated brawler that knows how to grapple too. Whether it's a cartwheel kick or hitting his koshi guruma Judo toss, he's always entertaining and fights a very in-your-face type fight so well. At 29-years-young, he's looking to get another win and add another highlight to his incredible career.
With two durable guys that always chase the finish, this is a great display of matchmaking in the UFC. Fan friendly and probably the most anticipated fight on the card, we're here to bring you the UFC live coverage for this fight, one you really want to be in the know on. UFC round by round coverage, scoring and results for this UFC on ESPN 51 co-main event will be below.
Swanson vs Dowadu: Live Round by Round Coverage
It's time for the co-main event! Swanson vs Dawodu, one of the most anticipated fights of the month, is about to go down. Two hungry guy looking to get back in the green will go toe to toe in a fight that is almost guaranteed to be a banger.
Round 1: A very, very close opening round. Both fighters are very kick-oriented to start the round. It's Swanson that has the early success with his right hand — he pops a triple jab and follows up with a cross that lands flush. However, Dowadu finds his rhythm and picks up as the round is ending. This round could go either way.
Round 2: Cub's nose got busted at the end of round one and it's leaking early into the second round. The two clinch up and throw, allowing Swanson to land several uppercuts. Dowadu is doing very well in boxing range. His jab is very long and he's capitalizing on Cub's awkward movements.
The two are in the clinch for the second time this round, this time it's much more favorable for Hakeem. The two break for the last ten seconds and they brawl it out. Cub lands a left hook that seems to rock Hakeem. The round ends and they both stare at each other, shades of Lawler vs Macdonald 2.
Round 3: I called it, I said earlier that Cub might hit that koshi guruma toss. He lands it but doesn't do much with it. Back in the clinch with Hakeem pressuring, the ref steps in and separates the fighters due to a low blow. Back at it for a few seconds and Cub eats another low blow.
The fighters are back at it and Dowadu's straight shots are money. Swanson is really putting his all into these punches now. That is, until Cub scores an easy takedown. This round should be Swanson's. The second round goes to Dowadu, and the first could go either way.
Official result: Cub Swanson via decision