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Who won Swanson vs Dawodu?
Cub Swanson beat Hakeem Dawodu by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of UFC Fight Night – Luque vs Dos Anjos, on Saturday 12th August 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 in favor of winner Cub Swanson.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
Swanson vs Dawodu stats
Cub Swanson stepped into the octagon with a record of 28 wins, 13 loses and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Hakeem Dawodu made his way to the cage with a record of 13 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, with 7 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Dawodu had a slight advantage in power over Swanson, with a 54% knock out percentage over Swanson's 46%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Swanson had an advantage over Dawodu, with a 14% submission rate over Dawodu's 0%.
Cub Swanson was the older man by 7 years, at 39 years old.
Dawodu had 2-inch reach advantage.
Swanson was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 24 more fights, and made his debut in 2004, 9 years and 6 months earlier than Dawodu, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 51 more professional rounds, 96 to Dawodu's 45.
Swanson vs Dawodu form
Swanson had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Jonathan Martinez at UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araujo on 15th October 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night on 18th December 2021 by knockout in the 1st round.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 25 on 1st May 2021 by knockout in the 1st round in the United States.
Before that, he had won against Kron Gracie at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on 12th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Amalie Arena, Tampa.
He had lost to Shane Burgos at UFC on ESPN+ 9 on 4th May 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Canada.
Hakeem Dawodu had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Julian Erosa at UFC 279 on 10th September 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Mike Trizano at UFC Fight Night on 5th February 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Movsar Evloev at UFC 263 on 12th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
Before that, he had defeated Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had won against Kyle Bochniak at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Cub Swanson had been fighting more than Hakeem Dawodu.
Going to this contest, Cub Swanson had last fought 11 months and 15 days ago, while Hakeem Dawodu's last outing had been 1 year and 20 days ago.
Swanson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 4 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Dawodu's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 9 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Swanson vs Dawodu?
Cub Swanson was a 9/4 (+230) underdog going into the contest, while Hakeem Dawodu made his way into the ring at 9/25 (-280) with oddsmakers.