Swanson Exits UFC Live 3, Koch Awaits New Foe

By Sherdog.com Staff Feb 24, 2011
An undisclosed injury has forced Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative Cub Swanson to withdraw from his matchup with once-beaten featherweight prospect Erik Koch at UFC Live 3 “Sanchez vs. Kampmann” on March 3 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Koch on Thursday announced the news via Twitter.

Swanson (Pictured) had won two of his past three bouts. The 28-year-old Californian last appeared at WEC 52 in November, when he eked out a split decision over Mackens Semerzier at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Koch will carry a two-fight winning streak into the event, provided UFC officials can secure a short-notice replacement for Swanson. The 22-year-old Duke Roufus protégé has not fought since he stopped Francisco Rivera on a first-round head kick and follow-up punches three months ago. A potent finisher, Koch has delivered nine of his 11 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. He suffered his only career defeat to the unbeaten and world-ranked Chad Mendes at WEC 47 in March 2010.

A key welterweight clash pitting “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 winner Diego Sanchez against Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts standout Martin Kampmann will headline UFC Live 3, which will air live on the Versus network. “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 finalist C.B. Dollaway will lock horns with 2001 NCAA Div. I national wrestling champion Mark Munoz in the co-main event.
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