The Spooky Express is taking a look this week at UFC Fight Night 108 from Nashville, Tennessee. This card is headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov and in the Co-Main Event Al Iaquinta vs. Diego Sanchez. This card doesn’t have all of the star power that other events have but we have still picked out two fights that we feel are good plays. Without any more hesitation, let’s jump right into the plays.

Cub Swanson (24-7) vs. Artem Lobov (14-12)

Cub Swanson is 24-7 overall and 9-3 in the UFC. Swanson is the #4 featherweight in the UFC and is coming into this fight off 3 straight wins over Doo Ho Choi, in what many feel was the fight of the decade, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Hacran Dias, all three wins by decision. Prior to these three wins, he took a pair of losses to top caliber opponents in Frankie Edgar and #1 contender Max Holloway.

Artem Lobov is 14-12-1 overall and 2-2 in the UFC. Lobov comes into this fight off 2 wins in a row over Teruto Ishihara and Chris Avila. Prior to those wins, he took on 2 losses to Alex White and Ryan Hall.

OK….let me be to the point here. A snowball would have a better chance surviving three days in hell than Artem Lobov would have of upsetting Cub Swanson! This fight should not even be Fight Pass Prelim material, more less Main Event material but due to Lobov’s connections and ties to Conor McGregor, he is fighting in the main event.

With that being said, fighting in the main event and winning the main event against Cub Swanson are two totally different things! Swanson is a much more experienced fighter that has fought much tougher quality of opponent. Swanson will have a 7 inch reach advantage and is the much better grappler being a BJJ Black Belt under Rigan Machado. This will be our largest play of the year!

Pick: Cub Swanson -600 for 5 Units (I recommend you finding either a prop play of using Swanson in a parlay to make it financially advantageous)

Jessica Penne (12-4) vs. Danielle Taylor (8-2)

Jessica Penne is on a 2 fight losing streak and is 1-2 overall in the UFC. She came out of the Ultimate Fighter Season 20 with high hopes and won her first fight at the finale over Randa Markos. She then went on to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the women’s Strawweight Title, which she was KO’d in the 3rd round. She then turned around and fought Jessica Andrade after a 1 year

She then turned around and fought Jessica Andrade after a 1-year layoff and was KO’d in the 2nd round. She is now off a 10-month layoff and will be fighting the ideal opponent for her in Danielle Taylor.

Danielle Taylor is 1-1 in the UFC with both fights ending by split decision. Her striking is very awkward as she seems to throw power shots then runs…..literally speaking.

If you watch both of her fights, she appeared to be scared to engage and was constantly striking, then counter backwards to avoid taking shots. She defeated Seo Hee Ham, who is a very small strawweight, and lost to Maryna Moroz as a large underdog making her UFC debut.

If you watch both of her fights, she appeared to be scared to engage and was constantly striking, then counter backwards to avoid taking shots. She defeated Seo Hee Ham, who is a very small strawweight, and lost to Maryna Moroz as a large underdog making her UFC debut.

Jessica Penne is a brown belt in BJJ. She has fought a much higher level of opponent. If this fight hits the ground, which I’m sure it will, she will have a HUGE advantage. I think Penne’s experience will be a key factor here and she will find a way to get this fight to the ground. I think Penne will take the fight to the ground and submit Taylor in the 2nd round.

Pick: Jessica Penne -143 for 3 Units

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