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UFC Fight Night 44: Swanson Vs. Stephens Main Event Breakdown

Andrew Ravens

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Cub Swanson is set to face Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 44 this Saturday night.

MMA: UFC 162-Siver vs Swanson

Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson (20-5) Has eight knockouts, seven submissions and five decision victories in his MMA career. The longtime WEC fighter came into the UFC 2-2 in his previous four fights. He made his UFC debut against Ricardo Lamas, but lost via arm triangle choke at UFC on Fox 1 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos on Nov / 12 / 2011. He beat George Roop via knockout at UFC on Fox 2 – Evans vs. Davis on Jan / 28 / 2012.

In his next four, he was a perfect 4-0.

He beat Ross Pearson via knockout at UFC on FX 4 – Maynard vs. Guida on Jun / 22 / 2012, then Charles Oliveira via unanimous decision at UFC 152 – Jones vs. Belfort on Sep / 22 / 2012, then Dustin Poirier via knockout at UFC on Fuel TV 7 – Barao vs. McDonald on Feb / 16 / 2013 and finally Dennis Siver via knockout at UFC 162 – Silva vs. Weidman on Jul / 06 / 2013.

 

MMA: UFC 160-Weigh-ins

Jeremy Stephens

Jeremy Stephens (23-9) Has 15 knockouts, 3 submissions and 5 decision victories in his MMA career. The longtime fighter has been with the UFC since May / 26 / 2007. In his last seven fights he is 4-3. In his last five he is 3-2, in his last three fights he is 3-0 coming into this fight with Club Swanson.

He beat Estevan Payan via unanimous decision at UFC 160 – Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 on May / 25 / 2013. Then Rony Mariano Bezerra via knockout at UFC Fight Night – Belfort vs. Henderson on Nov / 09 / 2013, and then Darren Elkins via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 10 – Henderson vs. Thomson on Jan / 25 / 2014.

Now let’s breakdown the stats between these two fighters.

Stand Up Game

Stephens has a 70% knockout rate.

Swanson lands 3.41 strikes per minute compared to Stephens, who has 2.69.

Swanson has 46% striking average compared to Stephens, who has 45.2.

Stephens gets out of the way of strikes with a 2.29 strikes absorbed per minute compared to Swanson who has 2.61. Also, Swanson has a better striking defense with 65% compared to Stephens who has 63$.

Ground Game

Swanson has 2.03 takedown average compared to Stephens, who has 1.82. Also, Swanson has a 56% takedown accuracy compared to Stephens, who has 50%.

Stephens has a better takedown defense with 61% compared to Swanson, who has 47%. Swanson has a 1.02 submission average compared to Stephens, who has 0.65.

Site Reminder: UFC Fight Night 44 goes down this Saturday night on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass and to the fight the big fights on the main card that airs on Fox Sports 1. The headlining fight is Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens, the co-main event is Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke. The event airs from San Antonio’s AT&T Center. The show starts with Anthony Hamilton vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk on Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET. Then switching to Fox Sports 1 with Ryan Benoit vs. Ray Borg at 8:00.PM.ET and then starting the real fights with the main card at 10 p.m. ET with Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Ellenberger kicks off the main card. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.

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