Despite more decisions than finishes, there were a bunch of memorable moments last night (Sat., Dec. 9, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 123 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif, as featherweight contender Brian Ortega submitted veteran Cub Swanson in an exhilarating main event clash.
In addition to the Fresno headliner, former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes landed a potential Knockout of the Year on Aljamain Sterling, Benito Lopez and Albert Morales traded blows in a scintillating main card opener, Andre Soukhamthath captured his first Octagon finished by knocking out Luke Sanders, and Alex Perez scored a flashy anaconda choke over Filipino Carls John de Tomas.
In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC Fight Night 123 bonus winners below:
Fight of the Night: Brian Ortega vs. Cub Swanson.
Performance of the Night: Brian Ortega.
Performance of the Night: Marlon Moraes.
145 lbs.: Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.
Round 1: Tentative start. Leg kicks from both men. One minute in. Swanson bounces a right hand off Ortega’s forearms. Hard left from Ortega as they exchange. Teep from Swanson, leg kick. Two minutes in. Swanson head kick attempt, leg kick lands. Ortega leg kick, body shots and low kick from Swanson. Both wing shots. Two minutes to go.
Ortega with a teep, low kick from Swanson. Left hook and overhand right land for Swanson, Ortega comes back with a body kick and counter rights. Hard shots from Swanson to the head and body. One minute to go. Swanson whacks him with another overhand right. Hard body shot, but Ortega ties up and fires knees. He locks up a vicious-looking anaconda choke that Swanson survives by the skin of his teeth. 10-9 Ortega on the sub attempt.
Round 2: Swanson picking at the lead leg as before. Ortega pressuring. Swanson firing his jab, lands another low leg kick. One minute in. Jabs from Ortega. Swanson with a pair of clean right hands. Another. Ortega fires a head kick, blocked. Swanson lands a right hand and body shot in return, then an elbow two minutes in. Swanson digs a right downstairs, uppercut through the guard. Swanson finding the mark but Ortega is eating everything. Ortega shoots. Swanson gets an underhook, lands an uppercut to answer a knee. Swanson with a hard right hand as he defends a single-leg. Ortega transitions to an arm-in guillotine that, after some quick adjustments, draws a frantic tap.
Final result: Ortega def. Swanson by submission (guillotine choke).