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UFC Fight Night: Cub Swanson vs. Hakeem Dawodu

August 12, 2023


The approaching UFC Fight Night features a captivating co-main event that deserves your betting consideration. This matchup involves Cub Swanson and Hakeem Dawodu in a featherweight clash, with both fighters expected to deliver an intense battle.


  • Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Date: Saturday, August 12, 2023

  • Main Card: 6:00 PM CDT

  • Prelims: 3:00 PM CDT

  • Coverage: ESPN and ESPN+

Cub Swanson Betting Preview

Swanson has gone 1-2 in his last three fights and needs this opportunity to get back on track. His most recent battle was a second round TKO defeat against Jonathan Martinez back in October of last year.

His fighting resume shows that he has 28 wins that consists of 13 knockouts, four submissions, and 11 decisions. Eight of his 28 wins have resulted in a first round finish and seven of his 13 losses have come by submission.

“Killer” has a striking accuracy of 51 percent and a takedown accuracy of 52 percent. He lands 4.68 significant strikes a minute while taking on 3.73. This is a solid ratio, which has a slight separation between the two averages.

His defense against significant strikes is at 60 percent and a takedown defense at 61 percent. He also averages 1.09 takedowns and 0.44 submissions per 15 minutes of fight time.

Hakeem Dawodu Betting Preview

Dawodu is also 1-2 over his last three fights and needs to get on the right path. His most recent battle was a unanimous decision defeat to Julian Erosa back in September of last year.

His fighting resume shows that he has 13 wins that consist of seven knockouts and six decisions. Two of his 13 wins have resulted in a first round finish and two of his three losses have come by decision.

“Mean” has a striking accuracy of 50 percent but nothing for a takedown accuracy. He lands 5.33 significant strikes a minute while taking on 3.15. This ratio is pretty good and it shows how aggressive he is per fight.

His defense against significant strikes is at 58 percent and a takedown defense at 66 percent. He does not have any averages for takedowns or submissions per 15 minutes of fight time.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following moneyline from MyBookie reveals that Hakeem Dawodu is a moderate favorite to win this battle. If you think Dawodu is capable here, consider adding him as part of a parlay with other fighters on the night to get the best odds.


  • Cub Swanson: +190

  • Hakeem Dawodu: -230

  • *odds are subject to changes

Swanson is a veteran fighter in the UFC, with plenty of battles under his belt. However, he is getting up there in age and is not as resilient as he used to be. He will be in danger if the fight stays standing.

Final Pick: Take Hakeem Dawodu to Win at -230