Swanson not about to let Fight Night 92 be his Swansong
Posted by: Charlie Smith
UFC betting fans can’t wait for the McGregor vs. Diaz rematch, but it seems the UFC wants to schedule as many fights before that anticipated event as humanly possible. This includes UFC Fight Night 92 which pales in comparison to UFC 202. While Fight Night 92 may not invoke as much enthusiasm in UFC betting fans as UFC 202 it should still without a question provide plenty of entertainment, as well as ample betting lines for sportsbook users to make a quick buck. Fans looking for both an auspicious and an audacious betting line should look no further than the matchup between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Cub Swanson. Let’s check in on the betting lines and see what they have to offer.
UFC Fight Night 92
Tatsuya Kawajiri 2 ½ (-155) +325
While this bout isn’t the official headline of the match it is still considered one of the biggest fights of the night. Cub Swanson is a top 10 featherweight and he will be taking on the Japanese “crusher” Tatsuya Kawajiri. Kawajiri has an impressive record in MMA totaling 35 wins with only 9 losses. However, the 38-year old hasn’t been able to find too much success in the UFC; his record currently stands at 3 wins with 2 losses. Although Kawajiri’s professional career has spanned 16 years, he has only fought once outside Japan, excluding his bouts within the UFC. The Japanese fighter is coming off a loss to Dennis Bermudez in February and will be looking to prove that he belongs in the UFC by picking up a win at Fight Night 92. Kawajiri’s record includes victories over Sean Soriano, Dennis Siver, and Jason Knight.
Swanson has been chasing a chance at the featherweight title for quite some time. That chase saw the 32-year old UFC veteran win six consecutive fights. Unfortunately the UFC still didn’t think that was enough to schedule a contention bout. Instead of getting a shot at the title Swanson got a matchup between Frankie Edgar, who was also vying for a chance at McGregor, which Swanson ended up losing. That loss marked the beginning of a 2-loss streak which Swanson snapped in his next bout against Brazilian Hacran Dias. It took Swanson almost an entire year to get back into the octagon following his defeat, and he’s not about to let Kawajiri hand him another loss.
While it’s not likely that either of these fighters will be in contention for a title anytime soon that won’t stop them from putting on an entertaining bout for UFC betting fans. Kawajiri will be looking to stick to his primary strategy, get his opponent on their backs and unleash and unrelenting flurry of strikes. Once he’s achieved his mount very few fighters have shaken him, and when they try to Kawajiri has no problem finishing with a submission. Kawajiri has failed to add diversity to his offense, most notable in his loss to Bermudez. Swanson, on the other hand, has a wider range of attacks and should have a slight advantage – at least the UFC betting odds think he does – including a variety of jabs, kicks, and counters. Look for him to keep Kawajiri at bay by throwing a little bit of everything at him. While it’s not the colossal matchup between McGregor vs. Diaz, it should nonetheless provide an exciting match between two MMA veterans.