Smells Like A Fix: Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira At UFC 152

uFC 152 Oliveira Swanson Smells Like A Fix: Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira At UFC 152

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made its way over to Toronto for UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort this past Saturday. The first fight featured on the pay-per-view card was a featherweight match up between tough veteran Cub Swanson and a touted young Brazilian, Charles Oliveira.

Commentators, educated fans, and odds makers all held a relative consensus that Swanson would most likely lose the fight due to the Brazilian’s well rounded skill set. Swanson flipped the script though and landed a body shot followed by a left hook that eventually left Oliveira on the canvas covering his face and the referee intervening to stop the fight. Though this might just seem like an upset victory for Swanson, a closer look may reveal something more.

While in the world of mixed martial arts everybody can get caught with a big punch or a quick submission, it was the way in which the fight ended that reeked of a fixed fight. Oliveira took an unusual amount of time after the body shot and punch to drop to the floor and cover up his face. Typically, if you are rocked and almost out you don’t take that long to drop.

Furthermore, when Oliveira fell to the mat he was still defending himself, yet the referee intervened before Swanson could finish the job. Moreover, even though Oliveira was clearly not brutally knocked out he remained on the floor with arms and legs spread out for an uncharacteristic amount of time. He was still seemingly out cold even when Joe Rogan was interviewing Swanson.

I have watched the UFC since its inception and even the most brutal KOs do not typically result in a fighter being attended to for this amount of time, which only added to my doubt. From the point when Oliveira dropped suddenly in a delayed fashion up until he was escorted out of the ring, it all seemed like an over-the-top acting job by the Brazilian and less like a convincing KO by the seasoned veteran.

After watching the replay several times, every angle makes the fight’s ending seem that much more suspicious. Even color commentator Joe Rogan was trying as hard as possible to justify why the Brazilian went down when he did.

Although a fixed fight in this case is purely speculation, I think it is important that these situations do not get naively pushed aside. Combat sports have been plagued by underworld involvement in the past and it would be a mistake to think that the integrity of mixed martial arts is immune to corruption today.

Did anyone else watch the fights and have a similar viewpoint, or am I looking into this way too much?

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  • coreytodds

    LOL at conspiracy theories like this… tell me, what does professional fighter Charles Oliviera stand to gain from a loss in his professional fighting career? Unless he’s getting paid $100k plus for an intentional loss, this doesn’t make sense to seriously throttle one’s career.
    Sometimes the nervous system doesn’t shut off immediately when struck with a vicious blow, but instead the body takes 1-2 seconds to process the damage. The same is true for groin shots, and the same is true for liver shots… AND… the same is true for temple shots. I could name several temple shot examples where the receiver takes a second or two before they are wobbled, and then all of the sudden they are on wobbly legs. The jake Ellenberger vs. Kampann KO is a perfect example of this, where you see Kampmann clip Jake, and then like 3 seconds later you see Jake do this odd stutter step and you clearly see that he was affected by the temple shot. This is what happened here. No conspiracy, sorry.

  • Mork

    As i watched the effects of the strike to the stomach I roared “careful, he’s fakeing” – Then the boy got smashed properly…No fix – - No point for it! RELAX dude!

  • Brolyshane

    This article is retarded, and even insulting to Oliveira despite him not winning. Go write some articles about boxing if you want to talk about fixed fights(Paquiao vs Bradley anyone?)

  • Olivera

    You have got to be kidding me with this article. Stop writing asap.

  • Joel Richer

    Thanks for the comments guys. I just thought it was curious, no need to get hostile. As I mentioned at the end, perhaps I was looking into it too much. Although corruption in mma may not be as unrealistic as some might think. Keep it locked for Mma and UFC news and discussion

    • UKblitzkrieg

      stop writing crap then? Curiosity is no need to talk garbage. Keep it to yourself.

  • agreed

    I agree with you, Joel – never seen a hit like that. It was suspicious to me and I went looking on the internet to see if anybody else had the same uneasiness about what they saw.

  • Vibrane

    Fixed? Really. . . Come on. With all due respect, you invite a bit of passion when you accuse two guys of fixing a fight, two guys who went through long training camps and grinded to show up at ufc 152. Please don’t insult the athletes with this speculative garbage.

  • dstomp

    I have no proof whatsoever, I’m just skeptical, but I think the writer of this “article” if you can even call it that, was paid off by a boxing promoter to try and damage the reputation of mma and the UFC. I know it’s the Internet and there is no accountability, but you can’t just fabricate stuff and call it news. Ever heard of a broken orbital bone? If the medical report comes out and he is seriously hurt you should be obligated to write retraction because as a “journalist” it’s the right thing to do

    • Joel Richer

      Lol paid off… I think people are blowing this opinion piece way out of proportion. While I appreciate the input from everyone, a journalists job is to put out stories that get people thinking. I love the sport of mixed martial arts and am downright passionate about it. I have no reason to want to taint it in any way. However, in the same breath I am a realist and understand that things like corruption do happen. Is it possible that my gut-shot reaction to the fight was a bit premature… sure. However, what I saw was somewhat out of the ordinary and thought it deserved to be discussed. You have all made good points, about liver shots, and broken orbital bones, that I probably should have thought about in advance. Nonetheless, I am hopeful that MMA fans remain dilligent when noticing things that may be suspicious. MMA is still very young, and any kind of corruption would need to be nipped at the bud. This kind of reporting, although it may offend some, serves a purpose. It brings to the fore an issue that fans and commentators often brush aside due to the fierry reactions they may get. I saw something curious, and provided an opinion… you can agree or disagree, but hostility is unnecessary.