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UFC 152: What We Learned from Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2016

Cub Swanson got things started with a bang at UFC 152!

For weeks people have been excited to see Swanson hook 'em up with Charles Oliveira and, although the fight was more one-sided than most thought, it was a good one.

Swanson had a bit of trouble early in the first round when Oliveira took him down, but he was able to squirm back to his feet and make Oliveira pay. A body shot put Oliveira in some trouble and then a massive right hand put him down.

Swanson just walked away—clean stoppage, no unnecessary damage.


What we'll remember about this fight:

The knockout, naturally.

It was a short fight and the finish was the only significant action.


What we learned about Cub Swanson:

We started to learn it before tonight, but this guy is a killer at 145 lbs.

It's harder to finish fights in the lighter weight classes, but Swanson keeps putting people away consistently. The guy has some serious power.

It might not be long before we see him in the title picture.


What we learned about Charles Oliveira:

He still hasn't put it all together.

Oliveira has looked impressive in the UFC and has a lot of different weapons in his arsenal, but consistently falters against top competition.

The good news is that he's only 22 years old, so there is tons of time for him to improve.


What's next for Cub Swanson:

In my opinion, Swanson has earned a big jump up in competition.

It looks like Erik Koch's title shot will go to Frankie Edgar now, so how about setting up Swanson vs. Koch. Another possibility is Swanson vs. Mendes.


What's next for Charles Oliveira:

Give him a chance to avenge his no-contest against Nik Lentz.


Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a stand-up comedian. Check him out on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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