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RealSport MMA Awards- Fight of the Year: Cub Swanson vs. Doo-ho Choi

December 10th in Toronto, ON, UFC featherweights Cub Swanson and Doo-ho Choi put on what was expected, and much more with their fight of the year performance at UFC 206.


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UFC 206 quickly became one of the more unimpressive fight cards of 2016 with a number of fights being cancelled just before the event. However, following fight night, that quickly changed in the minds of many, and is now looked at what could be the fight card of the year.

Cub Swanson and Do-hoo Choi, who faught just before the co-main event, were expected to put on a good show following prior performances, and they delivered much, much more.

Like most fights that go the distance, the 1st round is used to feel out your opponent and adapt to their movement, which both Swanson and Choi did, just at a much faster pace. Within the 2nd and 3rd, both gave literally everything they had left, and we’re still left mind boggled as to how neither of these two warriors went and stayed down. If it wasn’t Swanson taking combo after combo, it was Choi battling to keep upright after a number of technical and unorthadox strikes.

This was a fight I was personally watched at the Air Canada Center, covering live and witnessing such a battle brought the ACC to a roar; simply deafening.

In the end it was Swanson walking away with the unanimous decision victory. Choi, in his post fight octagon interview with Joe Rogan said that would be the last time he lost and that he would be back. Though Swanson won, Choi didn’t leave the loser. It’s hard to imagine this performence on both ends doesn’t attract more fans, setting up future fights everyone can expect high action from.

Cub Swanson following his big win is now on a 3 fight win streak, and snapped the 12 fight knockout streak the Korean, Choi was riding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhj9S5E_9NE

Honorable mentions:

Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – UFC 195

Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II – UFC 202

TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – UFC Fight Night 81

RealSport MMA Awards- Fight of the Year: Cub Swanson vs. Doo-ho Choi

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