UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis took place Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Streaking UFC contenders Cub Swanson (24-7) and Doo Ho Choi (15-2) faced off in a pivotal featherweight tilt on the night's main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on Swanson vs. Choi, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall.
Round 1: This is a compelling fight. The wily veteran Cub Swanson, and the radar-contender Doo Ho Choi. Changing of the guard? We'll see. All of Choi's wins in the UFC have come quick, first round TKOs/KOs. Dan Miragliotta is the referee for this one. Swanson says no to touching of the gloves. Choi tries to rip his head off with a right, but doesn't connect. Still, he's all over Cub, has his neck standing and lands a knee. As Swanson comes in, he nearly kicks his leg out. Crazy power there from Choi. Swanson wanted an oblique kick, and Choi easily side steps. Big right hand lands from Swanson, and that backed Choi up a bit. Ripping hooks there from Korean Superboy, and those had menace behind them...but Swanson lands a nice sot back. They clinch in the middle after a wheelhouse sequence. They are gunning for a KO here, both. Swanson showing he's not afraid to stand and bang with Choi (and vice-versa). They clinch in the middle, and Choi drives Swanson back to the cage. Swanson now officially has lasted longer against Choi than anybody else. Swanson trying to make it grimy a bit, and lands a nice knee to Choi's head. They break, and each again swipes powerfully at the other — shots are just missing. Right hand right down the boulevard for Choi. Now Swanson opens up and lands a nice one-two on Choi, that creates some blood. It's coming out of Choi's nose. Cub dances around, heads the clacks and immediately/instinctively shoots for a takedown. Can't get it. Close, close round. MMA Fighting scores R1 10-9, Choi
Round 2: Head kick attempt by Choi, and Swanson returns with a spinning kick up top that is blocked. Big forward moving sequence from Swanson, and he landed a couple of those flush. Choi showing some chin here, eating punches and not backing down even a little. They engage again, and Swanson lands a brutal shot ,adn now he's going for broke! Big shots, one after another, Choi reeling! Miragliotta looks in. He's returning fire! Now it's Choi coming on as the crowd comes to its feet! What a fight. It's all Choi, one, two, big shots, landing. Swanson in trouble. What a turn of events. Place is bedlam. Now Swanson able to get Choi and twist him to the ground, and now that's where the go. Swanson postures up and he's looking to jump in with something heavy, and Choi trying for upkicks. Now Choi back to his feet, and we're off. Choi tracks Swanson down on fence, and Swanson greets him with a ridiculous hook! Now Choi blasts hm back, and the crowd is deafening here in Toronto. Swanson tries a no look punch while seemingly playing to the crowd. Choi closes in again, and Swanson now lights him up on the fence. Big shots, and again Swanson eats them. This is crazy! They coolly break, and in the clinch, Choi blasts him. Round ends. What. A. Round. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Swanson, 10-9 (19-19 overall)
Round 3: Immediately they zombie-foot into each other's wheelhouses and go for more. This is nuts. Both land. Now Choi grabs Swanson, and pushes him to fence. Swanson looks a little wobbly. Choi takes him down, and now has his back, but — what else — Swanson reverses. Choi tries to scramble out, but Swanson now in Choi's guard. He's raining down punches, and Choi kicks him away. Huge punches from Swanson on the fence, all landing flush! Some how Choi eats them all, and Swanson judo tosses him to the canvas. That was ragdoll! God, these guys are just annihilating each other. How on Earth Choi is still standing is beyond me. They are both dead tired, but they come together again and god, it's vicious! Courageous. Whatever you want to call it. They both land, and now they tumble together along the fence. Blood pouring out of Choi's nose, and they stand. Choi still landing. Swanson has shown tremendous heart in this fight. Both have. It's going down to the wire. They are both digging deep, and Swanson again with the big right hand, and he is blasting forth! Choi returns fire! This is madness. It ends with Swanson throwing punches on the ground. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Swanson, 10-9 (29-28 overall for Swanson).
UFC 206 official results: Cub Swanson def. Doo Ho Choi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)