Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play as UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega takes place in Fresno, California.
The headliner comes in the featherweight division, with Cub Swanson taking on upstart Brian Ortega.
Today’s event follows standard Fight Night timing. Live results and play-by-play will commence with the Fight Pass broadcast at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT for three fights. The event will then move to FS1 at 8pm ET/5pm PT for four preliminary fights, and stay there for the six-fight main card which kicks off at 10pm ET/7pm PT.
The full lineup and schedule follows. Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each matchup.
Round 1 – Slow start, lots of feinting. They trade low kicks. Ortega with a jab. Lots of feeling out. Cub cracks him with a right but eats a counter. Nice jab from Ortega. Swanson with a leg kick. Ortega with a two-punch combo and a leg kick. Swanson goes to the body and kicks the leg. Swanson charges forward, but Ortega covers up well. Hard right hook from Cub. Ortega with a nice counter right. Swanson digs to the body again, and scores with a jab. Two lefts from Swanson. Ortega ties him up and lands a knee to the body. He’s trying to secure a standing choke! Swanson is in trouble! Ortega squeezes but Cub holds on to the horn. Wow. 10-9 Ortega.
Round 2 – Swanson with an inside leg kick. Low leg kick from Cub. Ortega with two left hooks. Cub scores with two hard rights. Ortega jabbing. Head kick from Ortega blocked. Swanson goes back to body work. Swanson lands three rights. Ortega disrupts his rhythm with jabs. Swanson landed a big shot, and Ortega clinched up. Ortega lands a knee to the body. Ortega jumps a guillotine! He’s hanging off of Cub who is still on his feet! He tapped!
Brian Ortega defeated Cub Swanson via submission (guillotine choke), 3:22 of round 2
Round 1 – Knight throwing big punches early. Benitez looking to kick the front leg. Knight lands a hard right that staggers Benitez. He smiles. Knight shoots in for a takedown. Benitez screams in pain and the referee halts the fight. Knight has a point deducted for small joint manipulation – wow. Basically he tried to break his finger? That was odd. They get back to it and Knight lands a hard right. Benitez stuffs a shot, and ends up on top. They’re back up quickly. Benitez with an inside leg kick and a jab. Benitez lands the triple jab as Knight whiffs on a right. Hard straight left and a leg kick. Knight goes for another takedown and is rebuffed. 10-8 Benitez.
Round 2 – They showed the replay, and Knight actually bit his finger in the first! Wow! Benitez with a nice left and grazing head kick. Benitez takes it to the floor. He lands a few shots but Knight gets up halfway through the round. Benitez lands two shots on a retreating Knight, who then beckons him back in. Body shot. Now Knight pokes him in the eye. After the doc comes in again, they restart the fight. Benitez lands right away. Knight charges in with a flurry. Benitez with three big lefts in response. He scores with a nice counter as Knight wades in again. Hard inside leg kick from Benitez. He’s in charge here. 10-9 Benitez.
Round 3 – Benitez with a big early head kick. Knight scores with a right. Benitez slips on a head kick. Lead left scores for Benitez. Right hook for Knight. Benitez with a beautiful counter. Knight is a step behind on everything. Body shot and head kick from Benitez. Knight turned his back on him and was basically kicked in the back of his head. Knight is just eating shots. Benitez gets a takedown, then lets him up. Knight slowly gets up. The ref is warning Knight to fight back. Two straight lefts from Benitez. Body shot. He just missed a jump knee, but fell right into mount. He lands two hard elbows. Knight hunts for a leg lock. 10-8 and 30-25 Benitez on my card.
Gabriel Benitez defeated Jason Knight via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Round 1 – Moraes caught a kick and dumped Sterling on his butt. He then told him to return to his feet. Moraes dropped him with a left. Moraes jumped in and immediately ended up in an armbar. He slipped out and got back up. Moraes landed a knee and STERLING IS OUT COLD! WOW!
Marlon Moraes defeated Aljamain Sterling via KO (knee), 1:07 of round 1
Round 1 – Holtzman with a front kick and a leg kick. He shoots in but can’t get a takedown. They engage in the clinch for a while, with neither man gaining an advantage. Holtzman gets a trip takedown. Big strikes from the top. Horcher scoots free and gets his own takedown. Not for long though. Holtzman threw a big knee but slipped. Horcher couldn’t get much going on the ground. 10-9 Holtzman.
Round 2 – Horcher cracks him with a left. And another! Holtzman gets a takedown. He lands a few strikes, but nothing too devastating. Horcher is up, but gets taken right back down. Holtzman lands from the top, but eats a hammerfist from the bottom. The ref stands them up with a minute to go, which was a bad call. So Holtzman just took him right back down again. 10-9 Holtzman.
Round 3 – They’re clinching a lot early. Holtzman can’t get the trip takedown he was getting before. Hard elbow from Holtzman. They’re back in the clinch. Holtzman gets him down and was working again, and the ref stood them up again. Holtzman even argued it, to no avail. Flying knee and a takedown from Hot Sauce. He’s in half, landing a bunch of punches. 10-8 Holtzman, and 30-26 overall.
Scott Holtzman defeated Darrell Horcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Eryk Anders vs. Markus Perez
Round 1 – Inside leg kick from Perez. Anders scoops a single. Perez hits a jump knee. They separate after some clinch work. Anders with a nice right and he clinches again. Kind of weird. Perez actually gets a slam takedown. He’s looking for a choke. Anders fights it off and he’s on top, but Perez gets up. He eats a knee on the way. Another big knee. Perez is smiling. Anders goes to the body. Perez trying to play some games. Anders chases him down, but Perez gets a late takedown. Interesting round. 10-9 Anders.
Round 2 – Perez running again. He does some weird stuff. Anders gets in close and lands a flurry of punches. Perez tries a flying knee and a flip kick. Anders lands a hard knee. Perez with a leg kick. Anders with an uppercut. Nice combo from Anders. Anders trips him to the mat briefly. Three big shots from Anders. Anders keeping up the crazy assault. Perez has a great chin. Anders stuffs a takedown attempt. He jumps on top and lands some big punches. Anders gets his back and lands some more. Perez is tough, but he’s getting dominated. 10-8 Anders.
Round 3 – Perez with a left. Anderson charges in and looks for a takedown. Perez looks for his own but he’s being manhandled by the stronger fighter. Hard knee to the body from Anders. Big knee on the way up too. Anders with two more big knees and a couple of punches. Perez drops for a guillotine but Anders clears his head easily. After laying there for a while, Anders postures up and lands a few hammerfists. After more inactivity, Anders stood up, then jumped back into Perez’s guard. He lands a few punches against the fence. 10-9 and 30-26 Anders.
Eryk Anders defeated Markus Perez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 29-28)
Round 1 – Lopez starts fast and lands a huge head kick! Body kick from Lopez. Morales caught a kick and got a body lock. He couldn’t get anywhere near a takedown though. Straight left from Morales connects. Flying knee drops Morales! He’s back up and firing away but he’s dropped by ANOTHER flying knee! Lopez looks for a topside guillotine but Morales is hanging on. Morales is up and he chases after Lopez with big punches. Crazy action. Lopez’s nose looks busted. Morales gets standing back control and lands a bevy of punches. The action slows to a crawl as Morales holds him in place with wrist control. Body shots. 10-9 Lopez.
Round 2 – They both land jabs. Lopez with a liver kick. Morales goes back to the jab. Spinning back kick, and now a head kick from Lopez. He charges in with punches but Morales gives as much as he takes. Lopez with a jab. Lopez rips the body. Nice combo from Morales. He tries to pressure a bit. The pace has definitely slowed. Lopez misses with a spin kick. Morales with a leg kick. 10-9 Lopez.
Round 3 – A couple of inside leg kicks from Lopez. Morales trying to do the same. Counter left from Lopez. Head kick from Lopez. They brawl in the clinch. Morales with a quick right that connects. Morales goes back to kicking the legs. Left hook from Morales. Morales with jabs and a front kick to the body. More low kicks. Lopez whiffed on a flying knee attempt. Morales land a hard combo at the horn. 10-9 Morales, 29-28 Lopez.
Benito Lopez defeated Albert Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1 – They trade shots immediately. Davis caught a kick but couldn’t get a takedown. Davis backed her into the fence and worked in the clinch. Referee Frank Trigg separates them with three minutes to go. Davis catches a kick again. Carmouche with a trip takedown. She’s working from side. Davis gets up relatively quickly, but is taken down again. Davis looking to secure an armbar from the bottom. She has it, and Carmouche is in trouble. It looked extremely tight, but Carmouche survived to the end of the round. 10-9 Davis.
Round 2 – Davis catches an early kick and jumps into top position. She’s trying to stay active but isn’t landing a lot of punches. Carmouche almost got Davis off of her, but Davis reestablished position. Carmouche tried to frame up a triangle but Davis is having none of it. Trigg stands them up with 40 seconds to go. Carmouche lands two rights. Davis with a leg kick and she clinches. Carmouche with a late takedown. 10-9 Davis.
Round 3 – Carmouche opens with some aggression. Body kick and two big rights from Carmouche. Then she inexplicably took Davis to the mat. Davis secures an armbar again. Carmounche tries to slam her way out of it, and it works! She’s stuck in Davis’ full guard though and not getting a lot going. Davis hunting for a kimura. She used it to reverse position with 12 seconds to go. 10-9 Carmouche, but 29-28 Davis.
Alexis Davis defeated Liz Carmouche by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Luke Sanders vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Round 1 – Sanders pushing forward with punches. Head kick blocked. Soukhamthath with a counter left. Sanders lands his own counter. Soukhamthath with an uppercut. Body kick from Sanders. Another. Sanders is walking him down and landing punches. More big shots and they clinch. Sanders lands a knee to Soukhamthath’s nose and bloodies it. Short elbow for Sanders. They’ve been in the clinch for a while. 10-9 Sanders.
Round 2 – A lot of feinting early. Sanders clubbed him with a left. Soukhamthath drops Sanders with a right and opens up with punches on the ground! The ref stepped in, but Sanders looked to be fine. Yikes. On replay though, he was definitely out for a second.
Andre Soukhamthath defeated Luke Sanders by TKO (strikes), 1:06 of round 2
Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
Round 1 – De Tomas with a nice counter early. Body kicks from Perez. Left hook to the body from De Tomas. Perez in on a takedown, but it gets stuffed and De Tomas is looking for his own now. Front headlock from Perez and he’s looking for a submission with it. He rolls and secures a D’Arce! Nice defense from De Tomas. Perez can’t take his back and De Tomas gets up. They scramble a bit. They’re locked up in a neutral position on the ground. De Tomas keeps looking for a takedown after they got up, but Perez is clubbing him with elbows. Perez pushes him to the floor and lands an elbow. 10-9 Perez.
Round 2 – Perez scoops a single and gets a nice takedown. He’s immediately in side control. Hard short elbow. He takes the back and lands some punches. He traps an arm and opens up with strikes. He’s looking for the D’Arce choke again, and he gets it. De Tomas taps.
Alex Perez defeated Carls John de Tomas via submission (D’Arce choke), 1:54 of round 2
Round 1 – Dvalishvili missed with a crazy spinning kick. They clinch up. Three big knees to the body from Saenzbut Dvalishvili gets brief a takedown. They scramble. He gets a couple more but he can’t keep Saenz down. Dvalishvili has a cut on his head, that appearently came from a clash of heads. Dvalishvili looking for another takedown. He gets it against the cage. Not for long though. Another takedown. Frankie’s shorts get pulled down. 10-9 Dvalishvili.
Round 2 – They brawl into the clinch and Dvalishvili gets a takedown. As usual though, it only stays on the floor for a few seconds. Saenz with a nice knee in the clinch. He scores with a leg kick and looks for his own takedown. Without success. Knee to the body again from Saenz. Dvalishvili in on a takedown, and he gets it. Saenz up after about 10 seconds. Elbow from Saenz on a clinch break. Dvalishvili with a counter right. Another takedown, but Saenz was up after about four seconds. Elbow from Saenz. Yet another takedown. Saenz is in a sitting position, looknig bored. Dvalishvili walks him all the way to the cage, just to be stood up. Lame. Guess what happened next? Yup, another takedown! 10-9 Dvalishvili.
Round 3 – They collide heads again. Dvalishvili is really bleeding now. He’s constantly working in the clinch for a takedown. Spinning back fist connects for Dvalishvili. Another extended clinch battle. They break and Saenz lands a knee. Saenz spins this time. They trade shots in the pocket. Saenz fights off a takedown attempt. Both men are tired. Dvalishvili gets another brief takedown. Saenz lands a big left uppercut on the feet, but it’s too little too late. 10-9 and 30-27 Dvalishvili.
Frankie Saenz defeated Merab Dvalishvili by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 1 – Slow start. Both men pawing with punches, not really putting anything into them though. Outside leg kick from Alcantara. The crowd is getting impatient. Body kick from Perez. More staring. Both men looking to counter but someone has to throw first. Alcantara finally looks to spin but misses. Perez connects. Leg kick from Alcantara. He charges in but gets clipped. 10-9 Alcantara.
Round 2 – Perez catches a kick and dumps Alcantara to the floor. He’s up immediately. They’re still keeping an extremely slow pace. It looks like a sparring session, and the crowd is booing. Perez catches a kick and lands a right. Front kick from Alcantara. Straight right too. Perez with a shot and he scoops a single. He can’t get Alcantara to the floor though. Low kick from Perez. Straight left from Perez. Alcantara lands his own. 10-9 Perez I guess.
Round 3 – Alcantara with an outside leg kick. Perez with a combo. Perez with a left hook. Yuri with a counter right. We’re halfway through the round and that’s literally all that has happened. Body kick from Perez. Alcantara with a left hook. Neither man can get a takedown. They engage in a clinch battle. Perez catches a kick and sweeps the back leg out. Alcantara with a front kick. Perez dropped Alcantara with a right! He’s up immediately. Alcantara with a left. They finally decide to fight with 15 seconds to go. Alcantara couldn’t get the late takedown. 10-9 and 29-28 Perez.
Alejandro Perez defeated Iuri Alcantara by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Round 1 – Ramos with a couple of overhand rights. Gruetzemacher stuffs a shot and jumps on top. They return to the feet quickly. Ramos with jabs. Greutzemacher with a low leg kick. Ramos with a big flying knee, but Gruetzemacher just eats it. Ramos catches a kick and puts Gruetzemacher on the floor. He’s landing a few shots in half guard but not advancing. The last two minutes of the round was a lot of that. More punches from Ramos. 10-9 Ramos.
Round 2 – Hard body kick, and a right drops Gruetzemacher. Gruetzemacher lands a knee but it was right as Ramos was shooting in and he got him to the floor. They got stood up after like 15 seconds. That’s brutal. Uppercut from Gruetzemacher. Ramos just missed a spinning backfist. Gruetzemacher landed a knee on a Ramos takedown attempt. Big right hook from Gruetzemacher. Ramos landed a looping left hook. Gruetzemacher responds with a straight left. Ramos shoots but there’s nothing happening. Gruetzemacher with a leg kick. They trade shots inside. Ramos is gassing, but he scores a nice takedown. It doesn’t stay on the ground long though. Hard jab from Ramos, and a combo. Gruetzemacher follows up with a hard straight right and a knee. Ramos with another takedown. 10-9 Greutzemacher.
Round 3 – Ramos with a jab. Ramos gets a takedown and immediately gets the back. A choke is sunk within seconds, and Gruetzemacher taps! That was slick!
Davi Ramos defeated Chris Gruetzemacher via submission (rear naked choke), :50 of round 3
Round 1 – Frank Trigg is the referee! Giles lands a nice shot early. Braga Neto is being cautious. Braga Neto clinches up and takes Giles to the floor. He’s working in half guard against the cage. Braga Neto is trying to trap a wrist to advance a submission attempt, but Giles is handfighting well. He lands a few punches and moves to mount with 40 seconds to go. Giles is yelling from the bottom. Braga Neto can’t get anything going in mount. Nonetheless, he won the round. 10-9 Braga Neto.
Round 2 – Giles trying to bait Braga Neto into a striking battle early. Nice jab. Braga Neto with a counter left hook. Another jab and straight right follow-up. Now a right cross. Leg kick too. Braga Neto looks a little gassed. Braga Neto goes to the body. A big right from Braga Neto stumbled Giles, but he fired right back and hurt Braga Neto! He’s not pressing the action though. Nice combination from Giles. He goes back to the body. Counter left as well. He’s beating the Brazilian up with his jab. Two big rights. 10-9 Giles.
Round 3 – Braga Neto looking for an early takedown. And he gets Giles to his butt against the cage. He jumps on the back but he’s too high. Giles dumps him off and walks away. Braga Neto gets up. Beauty jab from Giles. Another. Giles lands two big shots and Braga Neto goes down. It’s over.
Trevin Giles defeated Antonio Braga Neto via TKO (strikes), 2:27 of round 3
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