Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi put on an exhilarating display in their main card fight at UFC 206, but it was Swanson who pulled out the victory with a decision over his opponent Saturday in Toronto.
Swanson landed a bevy of significant strikes in what Dana White called “Fight of the Year” on Twitter, earning the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Choi looked strong early, securing a front headlock and then landing knees in the clinch. Swanson, however, separated and the two traded blows for much of the round. After separating from another long clinch, Swanson landed a solid one-two combination in the last minute of the opening round.
Swanson unloaded in the second round, hitting Choi with haymakers in an effort to get the finish. Choi persevered and landed a few shots of his own, wobbling Swanson and hitting the marks as his opponent’s back was to the cage. Swanson again picked up the pace in the last 60 seconds of the frame, hitting a spinning back fist, followed by a couple more significant shots. The fight’s tone was scrappy heading into the final round.
Swanson was relentless in the final round, hitting Choi with lefts and rights at every opportunity he got. Choi took punches to the head, but none seemed to phase him, and he snapped back with flurries of his own. The fight went the distance, but not before Swanson landed a spinning elbow that dropped Choi, pursing the ground and pound thereafter.
With the win at UFC 206, Swanson picks up his 24th career victory.