Cub Swanson stares down Ricardo Lamas at the weigh-ins on Friday afternoon. Photo by Esther Lin, MMAFighting.com
Cub Swanson looked great for the opening round, but his confidence may have hurt him in the second round as Lamas countered his aggression with a takedown, eventually sinking in an arm triangle choke at the 2:16 mark.
Swanson showed a distinct speed advantage from the start, quickly beating Lamas to the punch for the majority of the round. He also threatened Lamas on the ground with a guillotine choke, although Lamas was able to lift Swanson to his feet and escape the hold.
Swanson got aggressive in the second, a little too aggressive as Lamas countered with a takedown after Swanson flurried early in the round. Lamas pounded on Swanson from the top, eventually transitioning to an arm triangle choke along the fence. Swanson tapped shortly after the choke was sunk in.
Swanson hasn't fought since November of last year due to a facial fracture he sustained during training camp for a scheduled bout with Erik Koch. His last bout took place at WEC 52 against Mackens Semerzier, a clash that took home Fight of the Night honors. Tonight was his debut inside the Octagon since the UFC-WEC merger in December.
Lamas destroyed UFC veteran Matt Grice at UFC Live: Kongo vs Barry back in June in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He had previously amassed a 4-2 record in the WEC with notable wins over Bart Palaszewski, Bendy Casmir, Dave Jansen, and James Krause.