Lobov was booked to face the featherweight contender in the card’s headliner, after scoring consecutive, decision wins over Chris Avila and Teruto Ishihara. But, as many believed would be the case, the athleticism and diverse game of Swanson proved to be too much for Lobov, and the latter lost via unanimous decision.
After the bout, Lobov had this to say while reflecting on the defeat (quote via MMA Fighting):
“There was a few shots that I felt, but I was never feeling like I was gonna get finished,” Lobov said. “I can take a punch. Born in Russia, forged in Ireland, they don’t make them like this anymore. I can take a shot, that’s for sure.”
“I came to win so I don’t feel great but what are you gonna do?” he added. “This is the fight game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. What else can I say?”
Although Lobov didn’t score the upset win, he did keep coming throughout the fight and took one of the planet’s best featherweights to the judges’ scorecards. Further, the bout received “Fight of the Night” honors. So, one would think that Lobov has less critics today than yesterday, even if his official UFC record is now 2-3.
Swanson, meanwhile, is calling for a title shot next. If Yair Rodriguez can get by Frankie Edgar at UFC 211 next month, Swanson may be out of luck.