UFC Fresno Recap: Ortega Submits Swanson
In a main event match-up pivotal to the positioning amongst the featherweights in the UFC rankings, sixth-ranked Brian Ortega defeated fourth-ranked Cub Swanson in the main event of the UFC’s Fight Night event from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.
Swanson, the more experienced fighter in this bout, was nailing Ortega with several shots early on, but Ortega somehow managed to power through the swarm and hold his ground. Ortega caught Swanson in a choke hold in the closing seconds of the first round, but Swanson somehow managed to survive.
But soon, Swanson found himself trapped again in the second round after Ortega jumped guard and brought him to the ground. And while Ortega’s grip was slipping, he adjusted and sunk the choke back in more, forcing Swanson to tap out and give Ortega the win.
Ortega now moves to 13-0, with 1 No Contest, and a 5-0 UFC record.
“Five finishes, every fight in the UFC I have a finish,” Ortega said after the bout. “Feel like a dark horse, I just have a different approach.
“He has a big neck, so I wrapped him up and I felt like I was slipping, so I rewrapped and I locked it in. My standup gets better and better and I’m able to hang with the best.”
UFC Fresno Main Card Results:
Featherweight: Brian Ortega def. Cub Swanson via submission (guillotine choke) (Rd. 2, 3:22)
Featherweight: Gabriel Benitez def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes def. Aljamain Sterling via KO (Rd. 1, 1:07)
Lightweight: Scott Holtzman def. Darrell Horcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Eryk Anders def. Markus Perez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Benito Lopez def. Albert Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Fresno Preliminary Card Results:
Women’s Flyweight: Alexis Davis def. Liz Carmouche via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Andre Soukhamthath def. Luke Sanders via TKO (Rd. 2, 1:05)
Bantamweight: Alex Perez def. Carls John de Tomas via submission (d’arce choke) (Rd. 2, 1:54)
Bantamweight: Frankie Saenz def. Merab Dvalishvili via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC Fresno Early Prelims Results:
Bantamweight: Alejandro Perez def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Davi Ramos def. Chris Gruetzemacher via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 3, 0:50)
Middleweight: Trevin Giles def. Antonio Braga Neto via TKO (Rd. 3, 2:23)