After his KO win over Thiago Tavares, featherweight prospect Doo Ho Choi asked to fight Cub Swanson in his next fight, and he got his wish at UFC 206 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The end result was one of the craziest fights in UFC history, and the 33-year-old Swanson showed he still has plenty left in the tank.
Choi threw several knees and just teed off on Swanson in the opening 30 seconds. Cub landed a nice right hand over the top after settling down a bit when Choi had swarmed him. Swanson was more than willing to stand and trade with Choi, and to his credit he did land some hard strikes, but Choi was also landing with his sharp boxing, as well. Choi grabbed a hold of Cub’s neck and threw some knees. The Korean Superboy looked every bit the part of the faster, stronger fighter. He was tagging Swanson repeatedly with his lethal hands, but Swanson remained upright and scoring with his own shots. Swanson switched stances to throw turning side kicks at Choi at the end of an entertaining opening round.
Round 2 was absolute madness. It was truly Round of the Year type stuff. Choi got hurt badly in an exchange with a three-punch combo and Swanson just went bonkers looking for a finish. Cub then got caught on the counter and was severely rocked by Choi and was seemingly out on his feet. Choi was the one searching for the finish with Cub against the fence, but somehow couldn’t get it, even when attacking the body and the head. Swanson took Choi down and had full mount, transitioned to the back, but then Choi scrambled and at least got back to half-guard. Swanson landed some ground strikes and Choi got back to his feet. The melee of big shots continued, and Swanson threw an outrageous cartwheel kick that glanced across Choi’s face. Cub threw an assortment of heavy punches and a spinning backfist, all of which landed but Choi stayed on his feet.
Choi’s more technical punching abilities gave Cub problems, and Swanson was looking for takedowns in the worst way. Choi had control of Cub’s back, then got swept and Swanson was on top. Cub ate some elbows from the bottom but Cub attacked Choi’s body. They went back to their feet and slugged it out again, with Choi getting rocked by Swanson rights and lefts. Cub threw Choi down with a hip toss and then was nearly swept. Choi got back to his feet. More chaos and back-and-forth war ensued. In the final 30 seconds, Swanson threw everything but the kitchen sink at Choi. Unbelievable stuff. Swanson cracked Choi with a left hook and another monster right hand. A Superman punch and more punching combinations, followed by a cartwheel kick and a spinning backfist finally felled Choi, but Swanson couldn’t get the finish. I cannot believe what just transpired.
Official result: Cub Swanson def. Doo Ho Choi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)