UFC Fight Night 108
Time/Date: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 22, 2017
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
By Ryan Knuppel
Last week, we crushed it again at UFC on Fox 24. We went 3-1 with our only loss being a Jake Collier decision loss. We cashed our other three plays including Zak Cummins, Aljamain Sterling and Tom Duquesnoy.
This week, we are back again looking at UFC Fight Night 108 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. This card is headlined by #4 featherweight Cub Swanson taking on Artem Lobov. In the co-main event, Al Iaquinta will make his UFC return and take on veteran Diego Sanchez.
#4 Cub Swanson (24-7) vs. Artem Lobov (14-12-1)
Cub Swanson is a BJJ Black Belt. Swanson is 9-1 as a favorite and in this fight, he is a HUGE favorite ranging anywhere from -650 to -780.
Artem Lobov is most well known for his training partner, Conor McGregor. Lobov was a member of McGregor’s TUF team and has since trained with “The Notorious One”. Lobov will have a 1-inch height advantage in the fight but will give up a 5-inch reach advantage to Swanson.
#14 Al Iaquinta (12-3-1) vs. Diego Sanchez (27-9)
Al Iaquinta has won 4 fights in a row over the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson and Rodrigo Damm. The downside to that statement is he hasn’t fought in the UFC since April 2015! Iaquinta stopped training and began selling homes as a real estate agent. Use caution with Iaquinta until he shows he hasn’t missed any steps or taking any steps backwards with the layoff. All 3 of his losses come by way of submission.
Diego Sanchez welcomed Bellator lightweight Marcin Held to the UFC with a loss in his last fight.
#8 Ovince St. Preux (19-10) vs. Marcos Rogerio De Lima (15-4-1)
Ovince St. Preux is on a 3 fight losing skid and desperate for a win. In most situations, 3 losses in a row will result in a pink slip from the UFC. Losing 4 out of 5 fights with the only win against Rafael Cavalcante, doesn’t look good. If he loses the 4th fight in a row and 5th out of 6 fights, he could definitely be fighting in Bellator come next month!
Marcos Rogerio De Lima comes into this fight off a 1st round KO of UFC newcomer Jeremy Kimball at UFC on Fox 23. He has split his last 4 fights, 2 wins and 2 loses. Both of those losses were by 1st round submission and both wins were 1st round finishes. His last 6 fights have been decided in the 1st round, win or lose.
#7 John Dodson (18-8) vs. #10 Eddie Wineland (23-11-1)
John Dodson came up on the short end of a split decision loss against John Lineker in his last fight at UFC Fight Night 96. Dodson was a two-time state wrestling champ and four-time district champion.
Eddie Wineland is a full-time firefighter in addition to being a UFC fighter. He has won his last two fights against Takeya Mizugaki and Frankie Saenz. His last 3 losses come to all respectable opponents Bryan Caraway, Johnny Eduardo and Renan Barao.
Joe Lauzon (27-12) vs. Stevie Ray (20-6)
Joe Lauzon has split his last 6 fights alternating wins and losses (3 wins and 3 losses). He has fought the best of the best in the UFC and has been a mainstay in the UFC since 2006! He has 27 wins and has only had 2 wins by decision.
Stevie Ray is 4-1 in the UFC and over the course of his 26 fight career, he has 9 first round finishes. His only loss in the UFC was a unanimous decision to Alan Patrick.
#13 Jake Ellenberger (31-12) vs. Mike Perry (9-1)
Jake Ellenberger has lost 3 of his last 4 fights and is once again fighting for his job in the UFC. The one thing going for him is he has 1 punch KO power and an opponent that likes to stand right in front of his opponent. Ellenberger is 9-1 as a favorite but only 2-7 as the underdog.
Mike Perry has a very good chin but no footwork or movement. He has a tendency to stand right in front of his opponent and throw hands with them. If he gets into a striking match with Ellenberger, he will end up on his back looking up at the lights.
#11 Thales Leites (26-7) vs. #13 Sam Alvey (30-8)
Thales Leites is a world class BJJ Black Belt and has lost 3 of his last 4 fights and could quite possibly also be fighting for his UFC life! In this run in the UFC, he has lost fights to Krzysztof Jotko, Gegard Mousasi and Michael Bisping with wins over Chris Camozzi, Tim Boetsch, Francis Carmont, Trevor Smith, Ed Herman and Tom Watson.
“Smilin” Sam Alvey has been a great play for bettors when he is the favorite going 7-0 but avoid him when he is the underdog as he is only 2-5 as the dog in a fight. He has ran off 4 straight victories in the UFC over Nate Marquardt, Alex Nicholson, Kevin Casey and Eric Spicely.
#8 Dustin Ortiz (16-6) vs. #10 Brandon Moreno (13-3)
Dustin Ortiz places constant pressure on his opponents and doesn’t stop from bell to bell. Ortiz is a BJJ Brown Belt but has shown that his wrestling is lacking. He is very easy to take down with extremely limited takedown defense.
Brandon Moreno is on a 10 fight win streak! He has submitted 9 opponents in his career and has never been finished as he has a great chin!
Scott Holtzman (9-2) vs. Michael McBride (8-2)
Holtzman has shown he has a great chin. In his last fight vs. Josh Emmett, Holtzman gassed in round 2 but that might be because of the amount of action in that fight and the takedowns attempts from both.
Michael McBride made his UFC debut back on September 10, 2016, at UFC 203 against Nik Lentz and missed weight, coming in at 158lbs. McBride was on a 4 fight win streak before Lentz KO’d him in the 2nd round. He will now get a chance to redeem himself against Holtzman, who is tough and durable.
#14 Jessica Penne (12-4) vs. Danielle Taylor (8-2)
Jessica Penne is coming in off back to back losses to Jessica Andrade and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, both very high-quality opponents.
Taylor throws a very limited amount of strikes. She has a tendency to throw one big punch then try to elude her opponent.
Bryan Barberena (12-4) vs. Joe Proctor (11-4)
Bryan Barberena has split his last 4 fights, 2 wins and 2 losses. His last three losses come by decision.
Joe Proctor was a member of The Ultimate Fighter Season 15. He has wins over Jordan Rinaldi and Chris Tickle, both by submission while losing against James Vick by decision. Proctor trains out of Joe Lauzon’s MMA and Lauzon is usually his cornerman. An interesting fact here is Lauzon is fighting on this card so he most likely will not be allowed to corner Proctor for this fight.
Cindy Dandois (8-2) vs. #11 Alexis Davis (17-7)
Cindy Dandois is making her UFC debut after rolling off 3 straight wins on the regional level, all 3 by the finish.
Dandois will take on Alexis Davis who is a 6 fight UFC vet. Davis has fought the elite in women's MMA including Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann, Sarah Kaufman, Jessica Eye and Liz Carmouche.
Hector Sandoval (12-3) vs. Matt Schnell (10-3)
Sandoval is a very small flyweight for the division barely cutting any weight. He is a product of Team Alpha Male and is 1-1 in the UFC. His Ultimate Fighting Championship loss was to Wilson Reis, while in his last fight he rebounded and defeated Fredy Serrano.
Matt Schnell made his UFC debut last December against Rob Font and took a loss via a 1st round KO. Schnell took that fight on short notice after Alejandro Perez was injured and forced to pull out.
Cub Swanson over Artem Lobov by TKO in 2nd Round
Jessica Penne over Danielle Taylor by Unanimous Decision
Dustin Ortiz over Brandon Moreno by Split Decision
Sam Alvey over Thales Leites by 1st Round TKO