The first round was basically a boxing match, where Johnson used his speed to pick apart Lobov, while Lobov was mostly trying to land single big shots, but he wasn't connecting very often. I scored the first round for Michael Johnson. The second round was more of the same, with both guys boxing at a steady pace, with Johnson showing off his speed, and Lobov showing off his tank style of boxing. I have Johnson ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but I don't feel very confident about that scorecard. That entire fight was a really solid boxing match, and then with 40 seconds left in the final round, Johnson broke out the Goldberg spear, earning the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
      The first round had both guys trading some hard punches, with Fili sort of picking apart Lobov, and he cut up his face, but Lobov landed some massive shots of his own, including some heavy kicks to the body of Fili. Fili spent the entire first round circling around the outside, while Lobov was mostly just marching forward like a zombie. Lobov's entire face was covered in blood by the end of the opening round, and Fili dropped him with a big head kick with 20 seconds left in the round, he landed a few punches on the ground, it looked like it was over, and Lobov recovered somehow, and stood back up. That was a pretty awesome first round, and it pretty clearly goes to Andre Fili, but it's still anybody's game with two rounds left to work.
     Lobov continued to pound on Fili with power shots in the second round, while Fili continued to circle around the outside. They clashed a few times, where they both landed some significant strikes, but it seemed like all of the really hard shots that landed, were being delivered by Artem Lobov. As soon as I thought Lobov was about to run away with the round, Fili shot through him with a takedown, pinning him near the fence, and then the referee paused the fight, literally to tell Conor McGregor to settle down outside the cage, as he wasn't Lobov's official cornerman. When the fight started back up, Lobov popped back up, and then continued to chase Fili until the end of the round. I'm giving that round to Lobov, just to keep things interesting, so I'm calling this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the final round, and then Fili scored another takedown 45 seconds into the round, landing back inside Lobov's guard. Fili sort of tried to stand up, Lobov went for an ankle lock, Fili pulled away, Lobov jumped up and blasted him with some big punches, and then Fili took him down again, 2 minutes into the final round. They stood back up, and then Fili scored another takedown. At this point, it looks like Fili is planning on laying & praying his way to a decision. They stood back up and reset with 90 seconds left in the round, and then Fili took down Lobov again. Fili continued to just lay on top of Lobov, without working any real offense at all on the ground. This fight should be a clear 29-28 for Andre Fili, if not 30-27.
      These guys traded a few hard strikes early, they clinched, and then Lobov threw Swanson to the ground aggressively, and pinned him against the fence, where Lobov was able to work some basic ground & pound. Swanson quickly stood back up, and they reset 90 seconds into the opening round. The rest of the round was spent trading hard punches & kicks at a moderate pace, with Lobov probably landing the better shots, especially with his counters. Swanson seems like he has the speed advantage, but Lobov is still landing the better shots.
      Lobov hit Swanson with some hard punch combinations to start the second round, and then Swanson fired back with a big head kick. Lobov spent another minute or so beating up Swanson with big punches & kicks, and then they clinched, and Lobov tried to throw Swanson around, as they traded short knees to the body. Swanson threw Lobov to the ground with 90 seconds left in the round, and landed on top in half mount. Lobov scrambled for a leg lock, and Swanson passed to full mount. Lobov gave up his back, and turlted up. Swanson tried to flatten him out, but Lobov did a good job turning himself into a ball, tucking his neck into his chest. Swanson struggled to find a rear-naked choke, and Lobov just stood up, with Swanson still riding his back, and he broke free with a reset, with 15 seconds left in the round. Lobov WAS winning that round, but Swanson probably stole the round with his grappling. The scorecards reset going into the third round.
      The third round mostly had Lobov blasting Swanson with heavy punch combinations and leg kicks, but Swanson fired back with some heavy counters, and he opened a cut on Lobov's left eyelid halfway through the round, which caused Herb Dean to call a timeout to have the doctor look at it, but it's fine, so the fight continues. Swanson rocked Lobov a few times, and then finished the round with a cartwheel kick attempt, which Lobov caught, and then Lobov scored a takedown right before the buzzer. I'm giving that round to Lobov, but I think the judges will probably give it to Swanson, so I'm just going to say it's still all tied up going into the fourth round.
      Lobov blasted Swanson with some hard shots to start the fourth round, he clinched, and then pressed Swanson against the fence to clinch for a few seconds, before resetting one minute into the round. Lobov beat up Swanson with some hard shots, they clinched, and then Swanson broke free with a spinning back elbow that landed flush, but Lobov just ate it and kept coming forward with his awkward upright stance. Lobov blasted Swanson with some HEAVY punch combinations, and then shot for a terrible takedown attempt, they clinched for a few seconds, and then Swanson popped Lobov with some slick punches. This is a VERY close fight, that I feel should still be tied up going into the final round. A strong final round for either fighter could be the decision maker.
      Lobov continued to throw those big powerful punch combinations to start the final round, and he dropped Swanson for a second in the first minute, but Swanson stood back up, clinched, and pressed Lobov against the fence. They reset 90 seconds into the round. Lobov continued to launch power strikes, Swanson continued to work fast counters, and Lobov pressed Swanson against the fence for some clinching halfway through the round. I was going to give the round to Lobov, but Swanson unleashed an awesome Judo throw with 30 seconds left in the round, flinging Lobov to the ground like a sack of potatoes. Lobov popped right back up, and they both unloaded on each other in the final 10 seconds of the fight. That was a fantastic fight that will more than likely go to Cub Swanson, but I think Lobov proved that the oddsmakers were a bit off with their 5 to 1 odds in favor of Swanson, since this fight was a LOT closer than that, and I wouldn't be shocked if some judges give the win to Lobov even. All 3 judges gave the fight to Swanson, and didn't seem to think the fight was close at all.
      Ishihara spent the first round throwing jab style kicks, while Lobov threw single power shots. Lobov's striking appeared to be more effective, so I scored the first round for Lobov. Neither fighter really looked like they wanted to engage, but Lobov was the only one that got any sort of reaction when he landed his strikes. The second round was more of the same, with Lobov landing some solid power shots, and Ishihara looked like he had no idea how to get inside the range (or lack thereof) of Lobov. The final round looked like it was going to be more of the same, until Ishihara dropped Lobov with a big right hand. He jumped into Lobov's guard, Lobov flailed around on the ground looking to setup a triangle with his short legs, and Ishihara just kept him pinned with half a round left to work. He passed to half guard, and then they stood back up, but Lobov still looked wobbly. Ishihara shot for a lazy takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, Lobov easily stuffed it, ended up on top for a second, and then they reset with a minute left in the fight. Lobov grabbed Ishihara and threw him to the ground for the final 20 seconds. That was a decent performance by Lobov, but mostly because it was the worst performance I've ever seen from Ishihara. Lobov walks away with the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
      Lobov came out in that Karate stance, and then blasted Avila with some brutal punches. He then blasted him with a hard shot to the body, but Avila countered with a kick. Lobov landed some solid kicks, and continued to pressure Avila toward the fence. Avila clinched 90 seconds into the round, but they split up a few seconds later. Lobov continued to pound on Avila with hard punches and kicks. Avila looked lost in there. Lobov really started the rip into the leg of Avila halfway through the round. Avila tried to clinch again with 30 seconds left in the round, but Lobov easily pushed him away. Round one clearly goes to Lobov, maybe even 10-8. Avila had no real offense at all.
     Lobov started the second round with another brutal leg kick. Avila clinched 30 seconds into the round, but Lobov used his man strength to press Avila against the fence. They split up a few seconds later. Lobov spent the rest of the round chewing up Avila with heavy punches and brutal leg kicks. Avila landed a few decent jabs, but Lobov is very clearly ahead on the cards going into the final round. Avila's leg looks like it's been put through a meat grinder. Lobov looks good tonight.
     Lobov came out for the third round and continued to chop away at that raw lead leg of Avila. They clashed heads, causing Lobov's forehead to pour blood, but that didn't slow him down at all. He continued to chop away at Avila's leg, while throwing big punches. He threw a kick with 90 seconds left in the fight, and slipped, and Avila immediately followed him to the ground, landed some elbows, and then Lobov scared him off with a leg lock attempt. Lobov finished out the round picking apart Avila on the feet. I scored this fight 30-24 for Lobov, and all 3 judges basically agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Artem Lobov as he earns his first official UFC win.
     The first round had Lobov doing his usual Cyborg thing, as he kept moving forward, throwing that right hand, and pressuring White the entire time. It looked like White might have rocked him near the end of the round though, and White used that to take Lobov to the ground. I'm assuming that moment stole the round for White? Lobov stood back up before any real damage was done though. The second round was more of the same, with Lobov moving forward with his chin in the air, as White was being a little more technical, picking him apart with front leg kicks, and some decent boxing. He also secured another takedown in the final minute of the round for good measure. The final round was the same story again, with relatively even striking on the feet, and then White secured a takedown a couple of minutes into the round, clearly earning the unanimous decision victory with his wrestling. Lobov was a lot of fun to watch on The Ultimate Fighter, but with a record of 0-2 in the UFC, I'm starting to think that he really doesn't belong here, especially since his losses aren't exactly against world beaters. (Ryan Hall is pretty solid though...)
      Ryan Hall started this fight by shooting for a flying heel hook, he used that to get into top position, and then he went for some sort of wild rolling rear-naked choke, where he flipped over the head of Lobov, grabbed his neck, and then wrapped around him like a snake. Ryan Hall's grappling is fucking wild! He spent the rest of the round with the body triangle locked on, as he punched & elbowed the sides of Lobo's head. You could potentially argue that this was a 10-8 round for Hall. Lobov had ZERO offense. The second round was very different, with Hall's grappling looking desperate, and Lobov landed a few decent punches. The last half of the round had Lobov on top, insdie Hall's guard, but not a lot was actually happening. Lobov tried to stand up, and Hall went for another heel hook. I think I'm going to have to give that round to Hall as well, but it was a lot closer than the first. The final round started the same way, with Hall shooting for a flying heel hook, he then took Lobov down with a double leg, tried to go for a rear-naked choke, ended up pulling guard. From there, Hall went for another leg lock, Lobov ran away from it, and Hall pounced on his back again, looking for another rear-naked choke. He spent the rest of the fight, riding Lobov's back (while Lobov was standing). Hall was digging for that rear-naked choke, while punching Lobov in the face from behind, and Lobov basically just stood there and took it, never even really TRYING to escape at all. Really solid performance for Ryan Hall, 30-26 in my opinion.
KO (Punches)
      Lobov came out throwing hard punches, while Erosa tried to dance around the outside. Erosa's back was against the fence, as Lobov was scaring him away with the threat of heavy punches, and one minute into the round, Lobov dropped Erosa with a left hand, and finished him off with some punches on that ground that put Erosa to sleep. That was another fantastic finish by Artem Lobov as he moves on to the tournament finals.
     The first round of this fight started as a pretty good scrap, with both guys just doing the gritty brawling thing, both guys coming forward, throwing big punches, and hoping that the other guy would fall first. The fight started fairly even, but Gruetzemacher started to look sloppy once Lobov busted up his face a little bit, and Lobov was able to pick apart Gruetzemacher with some clean boxing for the last half of the round. Round one goes to Lobov.
     The second round was more of the same, with Gruetzemacher looking a little winded and sloppy, throwing lazy kicks & punches, while Lobov moved around the outside, while picking apart Gruetzemacher with clean punches. Lobov dropped him with a left hand halfway through the round, Gruetzemacher shot for a desperate takedown, Lobov stuffed it and continued to pound on Gruetzemacher, eventually knocking him unconscious with a powerful left hand. That was an outstanding win for Artem Lobov.
TKO (Punches)
      Lobov lost a majority decision in the first round of this tournament to Mehdi Baghdad. McGregor was able to bring him back as sort of a wildcard in the second round, so here he is fighting James Jenkins. Lobov's movements are very similar to McGregor, with the upright stance, and lead leg sticking out, but his shorter limbs make him a lot less effective when compared to McGregor. These guys both traded some hard punches in this fight, and the fight was moving along at a fairly even pace, until Lobov made Jenkins take a knee to the ground after Lobov landed a clean right hand halfway through the round. From there, Jenkins looked pretty busted up, and it was only a matter of time before Lobov was able to pick apart Jenkins with big punches. The doctor had to check a cut on the right eye of Jenkins, the fight continued, and Lobov continued to beat him up for another 90 seconds or so before Lobov was able to drop Jenkins with a clean right hand, Jenkins flailed around on the ground for a few seconds, and Lobov finished him off with hammerfists. Really solid win for Artem Lobov.
Decision (Majority)
      Lobov started this fight by throwing some big hands, while Baghdad was proving to have a little better control of the range with his kicks & long punches. Baghdad nearly dropped Lobov 2 minutes into the round with a head kick, but he recovered quickly. Baghdad's striking reminds me of Carlos Condit a little bit. Lobov looks clunky, but powerful. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes at a fairly even pace, but if I HAD to pick a winner after that round, I'd probably lean in favor of Baghdad for sort of knocking down Lobov twice, even though Lobov spent less than a total of 2 seconds on the ground. Close round overall.
     Lobov came out for the second round ready to brawl, while Baghdad was showing a more diverse striking game, using all of his limbs. Lobov sort of shot for a takedown, Baghdad stuffed it, and when they came up, Lobov's head was busted open. Lobov started to incorporate some leg kicks in the last half of the round, and continued to brawl, while Baghdad tried to use his movement and range to pick apart Lobov. Baghdad shot for a takedown near the end of the round, completed the takedown, and then Lobov stood back up with 10 seconds left in the round. That was a really solid fight overall, but I scored it 2-0 for Baghdad, and two of the judges agreed, while the other judge scored it a draw, leading to a majority decision for Mehdi Baghdad.
Submission (Armbar)
      Lobov threw a few solid punches early in the first round, and then Shovhalov clinched, and pressed him against the fence. Shovhalov tried to whip him to the ground, but after some wild spinning, Lobov ended up on top in side control. Shovhalov wrestled his way back to his feet halfway through the round, and then pressed Lobov against the fence for some more clinching. They traded some random punches while chasing each other around the cage for a little while, and then the round ended. Round one probably goes to Artem Lobov.
      They traded a few more strikes to start the second round, Shovhalov clinched again, and pressed Lobov against the fence, they split up, Shovhalov threw some wild strikes, and then shot for a takedown, bringing Lobov to the ground with a single leg. Lobov immediately caught him in a triangle choke, he switched it to an armbar, cranked the shit out of it, and Shovhalov was forced to submit. That was a pretty solid performance by Artem Lobov.