Swanson ends skid, defeats Gracie at UFC Fight Night 161

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Cub Swanson defeated Kron Gracie in the co-main event on Saturday night from the UFC Fight Night 161 card from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Swanson, at the time of his win, won the second unanimous decision win on the main card.

Besides Swanson’s win, Amanda Ribas defeated Mackenzie Dern in a unanimous decision, as out. All three judges gave Swanson a 30-27 score.

UFC fighter Cub Swanson kicks Max Holloway in their featherweight bout at the UFC Fight Night event
Cub Swanson kicks Max Holloway in their featherweight bout at the UFC Fight Night event (Getty Images)

With the win, Swanson improved to 26-11 in his MMA career. The Palm Springs, California native picked up his 11th decision win.

The 35-year-old ended a four-fight skid with this win. He lost to Shane Burgos, Renato Carneiro, Frankie Edgar, and Brian Ortega during the four-fight losing streak.

Before the win over Gracie, his last win came over Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 108 on April 22nd, 2017. He also won that fight by a unanimous decision.

In fact, Swanson’s last six bout wins that went the distance were won by unanimous decisions.

The 31-year-old Gracie suffered his first loss in his career. The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native — who now resides in Los Angeles, California — is now 5-1 in his MMA career.

With this loss, he is now 1-1 in the UFC. He previously submitted Alex Caceres with a rear-naked choke in February 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is his first fight that went to the decision. Previously, the five wins came via a submission.

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