Five Reasons To Watch UFC Fight Night 123: Swanson Vs. Ortega

UFC Fresno Cub Swanson

The main event of the evening is underway in Fresno, California.

Swanson opened the action with a leg kick, with Ortega answering it with one of his own.

Here's our full interview with Brian Ortega after his huge win over Cub Swanson! Again the exchange low kicks. With his opponent on his heels, Swanson unloaded another looping right hand followed by another double jab to the body. A nice combination lands for Ortega and Swanson returns fire, however, his shots are blocked. More leg kicks from Swanson and Ortega blocks a few shots from Swanson to the head. Had kick upstairs from Swanson is blocked. At the end of the first, Ortega corralled Swanson, latched a front choke, and dragged him to the mat. Ortega displayed some good technical boxing skills, but it was Cub Swanson who pushed forward and landed some big blows as the round progressed. Nice left hand a right behind it for him. An oblique kicked by Cub followed; Ortega would launch a combo, with Swanson firing back. Yet, rather than wait until the closing moments to work his jiu-jitsu, Ortega closed the distance against the cage and pounced on Swanson's neck as the fighters turned in the clinch. He steps in with a solid punch. Ortega hooks a standing choke and its deep. It looks tight and he's all over Swanson with it, but there's just not enough time to finish it off!

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Looking to avoid more damage, Ortega clinched up as he looked for the takedown against the fence. BOth flash out left hooks.

Ladies and gentlemen, Brian "T-City" Ortega has arrived. Another hard shot to the midsection. Ortega actually readjusted his grip while hanging off Swanson, who was then forced to tap. With Swanson's strikes subdued against the cage, Ortega jumped guard pulling Swanson's head down into a guillotine choke.

This was a unsafe fight for Ortega, but he passed the test with flying colors thanks to his hugely impressive submission game and takes his unbeaten record to 13-0 (+1nc), leaving a title shot as a real possibility at some stage in 2018.



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