#UFC206 is a few days gone now, but I wanted to take a little time to address this action-packed event. Surely it goes down as a candidate for Card of the Year, right? It had an incredible, highlight reel knockout and some absolute wars. It certainly gets high marks from me.
First off, let’s talk about #MaxHolloway, who had an absolutely beautiful performance, now 10-0 in his last 10 fights—congratulations to him on a job well done. He just gets better and better against progressively better competition, and I couldn’t be more impressed with this kid.
He was the first person to ever stop #AnthonyPettis, probably because he had the perfect gameplan. Pettis was just going forward and leading with a kick, and when you land on that lead leg that just threw the kick, all your body weight is right there. Holloway was stepping back, allowing him to throw that kick, so he could measure him up and throw those beautiful counters.
The more counters that landed, the more confident he got. He obviously hit that nice foot sweep on several occasions. He just totally dominated that fight, almost from the start, straight through to the finish. The first round was close, and you could’ve given that to Pettis, but once Holloway found his groove, he really started to take over.
The finish was beautiful. He just swarmed Pettis, and that was all she wrote. It was an absolutely incredible performance, and going forward, I think it’s impossible to say that he doesn’t match up well with Jose Aldo. Look what he’s done to Pettis—look what he’s done to all his opponents. Ever since the loss to #ConorMcGregor, he’s just gotten better and better. I would say I favor Max in that match-up with Aldo 100%.
I would like to give a special mention to #CubSwanson’s incredible performance against Dooho Choi. Cub and I open a gym in a couple of weeks in Costa Mesa. That’s on Harbor Blvd and you can sign up now. It’s going to be a UFC gym, and will be one of the more unique gyms from their officially licensed facilities.
Now that I’ve gotten my shameless plug out of the way, let’s look at Cub’s incredible fight for a moment. At the FOX studio, everyone was on their feet, cheering loudly, and it was the same inside the arena. Dooho Choi started really well and landed that signature right hand early.
Cub handled it well, and then really took the fight to him, swinging with everything he had in every single shot. How Choi managed to stay on his feet is just beyond me, to be honest. The kid is certainly for real and has an incredible chin, because we all know Swanson hits hard.
I think what was most impressive was seeing Cub still so viciously trying to end the fight all the way to the final seconds of it. It could be said that Cub had rounds two and three sealed up, but he didn’t rely on that. He wanted to make damn sure everyone knew he won that fight. It was an incredible performance by Cub, and now we’ve got to look at where he goes from here.
The fact of the matter is I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves. In the last several years, he’s only been beaten by Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway, and there’s no shame in losing to either of those guys. Plus, sometimes you just have a bad night at the office.
Who would I match him up against next? I’m leaning toward Ricardo Lamas. I know they fought five years ago, and Cub was probably winning that fight until he got caught in the triangle, but that is the fight that makes sense today. It’s a logical match-up. He was Holloway’s last opponent, and that win launched Max to the interim title shot. Lamas is also coming off a recent win over Charles Oliveira, so it’s definitely a fight that makes sense. You have the winner of this fight face the winner of Holloway and Aldo, and you’ve got the featherweight title race cinched up.
Things are looking good for Cub and I’m so happy for him. Great times are ahead for him, both in sporting competition and business, and I’m very excited for him on both fronts.