Swanson delivered a flush left hook in the second round that ended it.
Featherweight Stops TUF 9 Winner Ross Pearson
Featherweight Cub Swanson (17-5) earned himself a $50,000 bonus on Friday night, claiming Knockout of the Night accolades after a second round stoppage of The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson (15-6). The win, which came as part of the UFC on FX 4 at Revel in Atlantic City, was the second consecutive win for the WEC veteran under the UFC banner and will give the California native a significant boost in the featherweight rankings.
“I felt he didn’t respect my power,” Swanson stated. “I could see I was hurting him in his facial expressions, but he kept coming forward. He’s always done that in fights, though, and he’s very strong. He knocked me off balance even with shots I was blocking. But I could see I was having an affect with my shots, and I thought I could take him out. My timing was better, and I saw an opening and got it done.”
The finishing blow came after an entertaining first frame between these two fighters, and the official time of the TKO stoppage from referee Yves Lavigne came at 4:14 in the second round. On the finisher, Swanson set the table as he was backpedaling, throwing two short jabs with his lead right hand. He then quickly dug in his feet and stepped into a hard left hook that immediately dropped Pearson. Swanson then pounced onto him but could only get off a single right hand before the bout was waved off by Lavigne.
“I fight every fight like it is my last,” Swanson continued. “I had a retirement situation when I had my operation, and now I know that my career could be over. I’m not immortal, so I train and fight like every fight is my last, and, fighting like that, I think I can make a run at the UFC title.”
The operation in which Swanson is referring occurred in 2010 after devastating training injuries that included fractures to his nasal, cheek and orbital bones, as well as suffering a broken jaw. They were at first thought to be career threatening, but a long recovery period permitted him to return to fighting.
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