A key featherweight match-up between American mixed martial artist, Cub Swanson, and Brazilian ace, Kron Gracie is currently in the works for a UFC Fight Night event this October.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported the news on his official Twitter account, with many fans expressing their excitement for this featherweight clash.
“Breaking: Cub Swanson vs Kron Gracie nearly finalized for Oct. 12, multiple sources tell ESPN,” the veteran MMA journalist announced on Wednesday.
According to rumours, the Swanson vs Gracie fight will take place at UFC Fight Night 161, with the Chase Center in San Francisco, California being targeted as the venue.
If this comes to light, it will be a big boost for Swanson as he is set to fight in front of his home fans in California.
The fight night event is slated to be headlined by a women’s strawweight bout featuring Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Michelle Waterson.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 10, 2019
Returning to Win Column
The past UFC outings have not been very good for the 35-year old, Swanson.
‘Killer,’ who has been fighting in the featherweight division since 2006, is currently on a four-fight losing streak.
His most recent appearance was at UFC Ottawa last May, where he lost to Shane Burgos by way of a split decision.
Before this fight, Swanson suffered back-to-back defeats in 2018 as he lost to Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision before getting submitted by Renato Moicano at UFC 227.
Swanson’s last win came last April of 2017 defeating Artem Lobov by way of unanimous decision to extend his streak of wins to four fights.
This October, the Californian fighter will be eyeing to return to the win column against Gracie as another loss would be a significant blow to his career.
Question is, does Swanson still have plenty in his tank to beat the young prospect?
— UFC (@ufc) February 18, 2019
Making An Impact
Meanwhile, Gracie is looking to continue making an impact as he will appear in his second UFC bout.
Last February, he finally made his promotional debut and scored a quick win over Alex Caceres.
He submitted Caceres in the first round of their fight to win the Performance Of The Night honour.
The jiu-jitsu specialist has a tall order in front of him as he is tasked to continue the legacy of the Gracie family, whose members are known as legends of the sport.
Before bringing his talent to the Nevada-based promotion, Gracie first saw actions at Real Fighting Championship and RIZIN Fighting Federation in Japan.
The young prospect won all his bouts in these two promotions by way of submission, a proof of his elite ground game.
Can Gracie add another submission win to his record against Swanson?
— Boxing News Now (@Boxing_NewsNow) May 5, 2019
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(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Cub Swanson and Fight Library)