UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Daukaus- Cub Swanson vs Darren Elkins- Prediction and Analysis

Published 12/17/2021, 3:37 PM EST


The last UFC event of this year, UFC Vegas 45, will take place inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas this Saturday. An intriguing heavyweight bout between Chris Daukas and Derrick Lewis will headline the event. Besides this important heavyweight bout, there are many other intriguing fights on the card. One such bout is the featherweight clash between Cub Swanson and Darren Elkins, which will open the main card.

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With a 2-5 record in his last 7, Swanson, who is going through a rough phase in the UFC, will look to bounce back in the win column with victory in this fight.

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Meanwhile, ‘The Danger’ was on a four-fight skid. However, he found his way back into the win column and is currently on a two-fight win streak. He will look to remain in the green column with a win in this fight.

It is an important fight for both featherweight combatants. As both are unranked, a win in this fight will cement their position on the roster. Hence, ahead of the fight, let’s compare the combatants’ careers, strengths, and weaknesses for a possible result.

Cub Swanson vs Darren Elkins- Featherweight War

Swanson, who has been with the UFC since 2011, has a professional fighting career of 27-12. He has twelve wins via knockout and four via submission under his belt.

On the other hand, ‘The Danger’ made his UFC debut in 2010. He has a professional fighting resume of 27-9, with ten knockouts and five submission wins under his name.

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Swanson lands an average of 4.63 significant strikes per minute. However, Elkins can take a lot of damage and still continue in the fight, as seen in his previous bouts.

Meanwhile, ‘The Danger’ possesses amazing grappling skills and will look for early takedowns. Coming into the fight, ‘The Danger’ has a two-inch height and one-inch reach advantage. Expect him to use the reach advantage to make Swanson over-commit and then pounce to take the fight down.

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Swanson’s takedown defense will be tested in this fight. However, if he remains patient and keeps the fight on the feet, he could find an opening as ‘The Danger’ could be reckless while chasing the finish. Given the run of form and the on-paper advantages, Elkins could control the fight and land at will throughout from outside.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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