Cub Swanson (17-5-0) vs. Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (16-2-0-1)
In a pivotal featherweight match-up, Cub Swanson will be taking on Charles Oliveira, with the victor moving to 3-0 in the division. The two fighters are very similar as you don’t need to go further than their records to see that. Both of them are finishers with Charles having nine submissions and six knockouts, and Cub has six knockouts and seven submission wins. With stats like this it’s doubtful that this fight will reach the judges, which makes for a perfect opening to the pay-per-view portion of the fights Saturday.
Cub Swanson has been said to have some of the best abilities within the confines of the gym, yet that potential is said to disappear in the cage. With losses to current champion Jose Aldo, and former champion Jens Pulver in the first round things looked grim. Even in the transfer to the UFC a second round submission loss to current contender Ricardo Lamas, and injuries looked to set him back once again. He came back and said if he were to get injured again he would most likely have to retire. That must have set a fire under his ass as he has knocked out Ross Pearson and George Roop within the second round. Charles will be his toughest test to date as he has once again shown to be a potential up-and-comer as he once was.
Charles looked to be a contender at 155 after two flashy wins in his first two fights in the octagon. Then losses to Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone convinced him to drop to 145. Since then he has scored the ultra rare calf slicer submission, and submitted Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins as well. With a win over Cub he could be looking to a future matchup with any of the top three contenders in Ricardo Lamas, Erik Koch, or The Korean Zombie. First he has to get through this match though.
The Bottom Line:
Charles has been the more consistent fighter. Yes, he was finished by Donald Cerrone and Jim miller, but so have many other fighters. Plus, if he can get this fight to the ground Cub will be completely outclassed. Charles finishes this in the first with via submission.