The Save Mart Middle in Fresno, California was residence to a stable night time of fights, with three (T)KOs, three submissions and 7 selections, together with two split-decisions
In some of the weird moments of the night time, Jason Knight had some extent deducted for biting Gabriel Benitez’s finger. He adopted that up with a watch poke in spherical two, as a result of why not?
Brian Ortega has developed a status for ending each combat within the third spherical. Regardless of if he wins or loses the primary two rounds, in every of his previous 4 UFC bouts, he has discovered a end halfway by the third and closing spherical. Tonight, Ortega was competing in his first five-round contest. This badly confused his inner end countdown timer; as a substitute of profitable within the third spherical, he made Cub Swanson faucet out to a guillotine choke within the second. He acquired a $50,000 bonus for ending his combat one spherical too early.
Aljamain Sterling was on the receiving finish of some of the sickening knockout blows in current reminiscence. He ducked for a takedown proper as Marlon Moraes launched a hellacious kick. The outcome was Sterling primarily throwing his jaw into Moraes’ quickly accelerating knee. The influence was paying homage to Michael Page’s knockout knee which fractured Evangelista Cyborg’s cranium at Bellator 158 final yr.
Sterling left the Octagon on a stretcher, however was stated to be alert. Right here’s hoping he didn’t maintain any severe injury from the strike. Marlon Moraes acquired $50Ok for his efficiency.
Combat of the Evening: Brian Ortega vs. Cub Swanson
Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega placed on a clinic in combined martial arts for eight frenetic minutes. Each males threw every thing they’d at one another, with Swanson digging hooks to Ortega’s head and physique early, and Ortega responding with kicks to the leg and knees to the sternum. The stand-up was pretty even, however when the combat was in grappling vary, it was the “T-Metropolis” present all the way in which.
The final minute of the primary spherical noticed Ortega lock up a standing anaconda choke on Swanson, utilizing it to tug the ugly duckling to the bottom. Ortega then appeared to attempt to get his legs over Swanson’s head whereas nonetheless holding the anaconda choke, earlier than deciding only one submission at a time was most likely sufficient. The choke regarded deep, however Swanson gutted it out and was saved by the buzzer.
The second spherical was virtually a mirror picture of the primary. Swanson landed the heavier blows standing, together with some good physique work, whereas Ortega countered with jabs, leg kicks and knees. Two minutes into the spherical noticed the combat enter clinch vary and Ortega jumped on his probability. He used a knee to the physique to arrange an outrageous standing guillotine try. Simply because it appeared like Cub would escape, Ortega adjusted his grip whereas hanging from Cub like an indignant sloth, and Cub, son of Swan, was pressured to faucet at three minutes and 22 seconds of the second spherical.
Iain Kidd’s girlfriend has one of the best joke about Swanson. If my reminiscence serves me, it goes:
“Cub Swanson would not even make sense. Swans do not even HAVE cubs”
Each males acquired $50,000 for his or her efforts, which takes Ortega’s whole bonus cash for the night time as much as $100Ok.