UFC Fight Night 123 salaries: Ex-WSOF champ Marlon Moraes leads $866k payroll

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Former WSOF bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes took home a big win at UFC Fight Night 123, and he also notched the biggest pay day of the event.

Moraes (20-5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) took home a disclosed payout of $146,000 for his knockout of Aljamain Sterling (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC).

MMAjunkie today requested and received the list of official disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission.

UFC Fight Night 123 took place Saturday at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and it aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Brian Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) upset veteran Cub Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) with a second-round guillotine choke.

The total disclosed payout for the event was $866,000.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 123 payouts included:

Brian Ortega: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Cub Swanson: $76,000

Gabriel Benitez: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Knight: $31,000

Marlon Moraes : $146,000 (includes $ win bonus)
def. Aljamain Sterling: $36,000

Scott Holtzman: $40,000 (includes $ win bonus)
def. Darrell Horcher: $15,000

Eryk Anders: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Markus Perez: $12,000

Benito Lopez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Albert Morales: $15,000

Alexis Davis: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Liz Carmouche: $30,000

Andre Soukhamthath: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luke Sanders: $12,000

Alex Perez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Carls John de Tomas: $10,000

Frankie Saenz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Merab Dvalishvili: $10,000

Alejandro Perez: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Iuri Alcantara: $39,000

Davi Ramos: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Gruetzemacher: $12,000

Trevin Giles: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Braga Neto: $10,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official UFC Athlete Outfitting sponsorship program pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC often pays.

For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out additional $50,000 UFC Fight Night 123 fight-night bonuses to Ortega and Swanson for “Fight of the Night” and Ortega and Moraes for “Performance of the Night.” By doubling up, Ortega earned $100,000 total in fight-night bonuses.

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2581 with Danny Castillo, Andre Soukhamthath, Alex Perez, Sodiq Yusuff

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Danny Castillo, Andre Soukhamthath, Alex Perez, and Sodiq Yusuff.

Castillo, who corners Josh Emmett this Saturday at UFC on FOX 26, shared some of his experiences during his move from fighter to coach. Soukhamthath, who is coming off a win over Luke Sanders at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 123, unpacked his big victory. Perez talked about his win over Carls John de Tomas at UFC Fight Night 123 and what’s next for him. Yusuff, who faces Luis Gomez on Friday at Titan FC 47, previewed his title-fight headliner.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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With fear of being cut, Andre Soukhamthath 'took matters into my own hands' at UFC-Fresno

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FRESNO, Calif. – Andre Soukhamthath wasn’t going to give up his UFC roster spot easily, and he ensured at least one more octagon appearance with a crucial victory on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 123.

Soukhamthath’s (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) UFC start was a nightmare scenario. He lost back-to-back split decisions in fights that could have easily gone his direction. He admitted he feared a release was just around the corner, but then opportunity came knocking.

Less than two weeks out from UFC Fight Night 123, which took place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, Bryan Caraway suffered an injury, and Soukhamthath was slid in as the short-notice replacement against Luke Sanders (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Although Soukhamthath was a sizable underdog, he found a way to get the win by second-round TKO over a 3-1 favorite.

“I took this fight on two weeks’ notice, and I knew he had a full camp,” Soukhamthath told MMAjunkie post-fight. “Me and my coaches knew he was planning on coming out hard, and he did. But I know how tough I am and how good my chin is and how good my wrestling defense is. I just weathered the storm, and I literally put all my energy into one punch, and it worked.”

Soukhamthath said he’s “extremely blessed” to get a third UFC showing after the disappointment of his first two. Split-decision losses to Alejandro Perez and Albert Morales as UFC Fight Night 114 and UFC 209 should have gone his way, but that wasn’t the case, he said.

Soukhamthath easily could have sat around and prayed the UFC gave him a third shot, perhaps in a favorable matchup, but instead he decided to take control of his own fate. He jumped at the chance to fight on short notice and said there was no one who could prevent him from achieving his goal.

Now that he’s in the UFC win column, Soukhamthath said he wants to keep the balling rolling. UFC fight cards are full for the next months, but if Soukhamthath can get booked quickly, or another replacement opportunity comes up, he said he would be all over it.

“The past is the past,” he said. “I saw an opportunity to take this fight on short notice. I would rather take matters into my own hands. Rather than (having UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby and the UFC cutting me after two losses, I took this opportunity and saved myself. I think I did that. I think I saved my job.”

“I already missed Thanksgiving,” Soukhamthath added. “I’ll miss Christmas and New Year’s, too. Put me in there in January. I’m in.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 123 post-event facts: Brian Ortega proving to be one of UFC's best finishers

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Brian Ortega continued to make his presence felt in the UFC featherweight division on Saturday when he turned from prospect to contender with a victory over Cub Swanson in the UFC Fight Night 123 main event.

Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) added to his perfect record when he locked up a fight-ending second-round submission on Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in their headlining bout, which took place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

It hasn’t taken long, but “T-City” has already made a mark in the UFC record books. For more on the numbers behind his performance, as well as other figures and footnotes to come from the UFC’s final “Fight Night” event of the year, check below for 50 post-event facts from UFC Fight Night 123.

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General

Save Mart Center

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $117,500.

Debuting fighters went 2-2 at the event.

Swanson and Marlon Moraes earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 123 fight-night bonuses. Ortega received two bonuses worth $100,000 total.

UFC Fight Night 123 drew an announced attendance of 7,605 for a live gate of $568,290.

Betting favorites went 8-5 on the card.

Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:25:46.

Main card

Brian Ortega

Ortega’s 14-fight MMA unbeaten streak is the longest among active UFC featherweights.

Ortega’s five-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied with Darren Elkins for the second longest active streak in the division behind champ Max Holloway (11).

Ortega has earned eight of his 13 career victories by stoppage. That includes all five of his UFC wins.

Ortega’s five-fight stoppage streak in UFC competition is tied with heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic and Mairbek Taisumov for the second longest active streak in the company behind Francis Ngannou (six).

Ortega’s five-fight stoppage streak in UFC featherweight bouts is the longest active streak in the division.

Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega

Swanson had his four-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since April 2015.

Swanson has suffered seven of his eight career losses by stoppage.

Swanson has suffered all four of his UFC losses by submission.

Swanson’s 11 fight-night bonuses for UFC/WEC featherweight bouts are the most in combined divisional history.

Swanson’s seven fight-night bonuses in UFC featherweight bouts are the most in divisional history.

Gabriel Benitez (20-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights.

Jason Knight (20-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Knight has suffered three of his career four losses by decision.

Marlon Moraes

Moraes (20-5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earned his second UFC victory in a 28-day span. He defeated John Dodson at UFC Fight Night 120 this past month.

Aljamain Sterling (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Scott Holtzman (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) earned consecutive victories for the first time in his UFC career.

Holtzman has earned six of his past eight victories by decision.

Markus Perez (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his nine-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Preliminary card

Alexis Davis

Alexis Davis (19-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was successful in her UFC flyweight debut. It was her first fight in the weight class since November 2010.

Davis improved to 2-1 since she returned from a nearly two-year layoff in December 2016.

Davis has earned five of her six UFC victories by decision.

Liz Carmouche (11-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) was unsuccessful in her UFC flyweight debut.

Carmouche fell to 5-6 in her past 11 professional bouts.

Carmouche has suffered four of her six career losses by decision.

Andre Soukhamthath

Andre Soukhamthath (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Luke Sanders (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on an 11-fight winning streak.

Sanders suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Carls John de Tomas (6-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on a six-fight winning streak.

De Thomas suffered the first stoppage loss of his career.

Frankie Saenz

Frankie Saenz (12-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by decision.

Merab Dvalishvili (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

Dvalishvili’s 11 takedowns landed tied the single-fight UFC/WEC bantamweight record.

Dvalishvili’s 11 takedowns landed tied the single-fight UFC record for most in a loss.

Iuri Alcantara (34-9 MMA, 9-6 UFC) fell to 7-5 with one no-contest since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in January 2013.

Alcantara has suffered five of his six UFC losses by decision.

Davi Ramos

Davi Ramos (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned six of his seven career victories by stoppage.

Ramos earned his first submission victory since Nov. 15, 2013 – a span of 1,485 days (more than four years) and five fights.

Chris Gruetzemacher (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC lightweight division. He fell to 1-1 in UFC lightweight competition.

Gruetzemacher suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his career.

Gruetzemacher has suffered all three of his career losses by submission.

Trevin Giles

Trevin Giles (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was successful in his UFC middleweight debut.

Giles has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by stoppage.

Antonio Braga Neto (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to MMA competition following a three-and-a-half year layoff.

Braga Neto suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC Fight Night 123 Athlete Outfitting pay: Cub Swanson only $20,000 recipient

FRESNO, Calif. – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $117,500.

UFC Fight Night 123 took place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was Cub Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who suffered a submission loss to Brian Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in the event headliner, but received a $20,000 for his 20-plus fight UFC/WEC tenure.

The full UFC Fight Night 123 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Brian Ortega: $5,000
def. Cub Swanson: $20,000

Gabriel Benitez: $5,000
def. Jason Knight: $5,000

Marlon Moraes: $2,500
def. Aljamain Sterling: $5,000

Scott Holtzman: $5,000
def. Darrell Horcher: $2,500

Eryk Anders: $2,500
def. Markus Perez: $2,500

Benito Lopez: $2,500
def. Albert Morales: $2,500

Alexis Davis: $5,000
def. Liz Carmouche: $5,000

Andre Soukhamthath: $2,500
def. Luke Sanders: $2,500

Alex Perez: $2,500
def. Carls John de Tomas: $2,500

Frankie Saenz: $5,000
def. Merab Dvalishvili: $2,500

Alejandro Perez: $5,000
def. Iuri Alcantara: $15,000

Davi Ramos: $2,500
def. Chris Gruetzemacher: $2,500

Trevin Giles: $2,500
def. Antonio Braga Neto: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,965,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $16,288,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 123

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, Calif., went with as their backing tracks.

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Brian Ortega def. Cub Swanson via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:22

Brian Ortega: “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX

Cub Swanson: “Wake N Bake/4AM” by Machine Gun Kelly/2 Chainz

Gabriel Benitez def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)

Jason Knight: “Mama Said Knock You Out” by L.L. Cool J

Gabriel Benitez: “Tierra Santa” by Mejor Morir en pie

Marlon Moraes def. Aljamain Sterling via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 1:07

Aljamain Sterling: “InfraRed” by Vybz Kartel & Masicka

Marlon Moraes: “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey

Scott Holtzman def. Darrell Horcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Scott Holtzman: “Nothin’ But a Good Time” by Poison

Darrell Horcher: “Miracle” by Nonpoint

Eryk Anders def. Markus Perez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 29-28)

Eryk Anders: “Set it Off” by Lil’ Boosie

Markus Perez: “Ecstacy of Gold (Bandini Remix)” by Ennio Morricone

Benito Lopez def. Albert Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Benito Lopez: “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G.

Albert Morales: “Belizean Warrior” by Fuego

Alexis Davis def. Liz Carmouche via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alexis Davis: “The Mission” by Puscifer

Liz Carmouche: “Satisfaction” by Benny Enassi

Andre Soukhamthath def. Luke Sanders via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:06

Andre Soukhamthath: “All of the Above” by Maino feat. T-Pain

Luke Sanders: “Hair of the Dog” by Nazareth

Alex Perez def. Carls John de Tomas via submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2, 1:54

Alex Perez: “Bad Mother(expletive)” by MGK

Carls John de Tomas: “Noypi” by Bamboo

Frankie Saenz def. Merab Dvalishvili via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Frankie Saenz: “Calm Like a Bomb” by Rage Against The Machine

Merab Dvalishvili: “Chveni Samshoblo” by Jgufi Bano

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Alejandro Perez def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Alejandro Perez: “Originala” by Movimiento Original

Iuri Alcantara: “El Rey” by Vincente Fernandez

Davi Ramos def. Chris Gruetzemacher via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 0:50

Davi Ramos: “Till I Collapse” by Eminem

Chris Gruetzemacher: “Till It’s Gone” by Yelawolf

Trevin Giles def. Antonio Braga Neto via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:27

Trevin Giles: “Wait a Minute” by Phresher

Antonio Braga Neto: “Without Me” by Eminem

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 123 video highlight: Andre Soukhamthath TKOs Luke Sanders

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After a slow first round, Andre Soukhamthath exploded early in the second, flooring Luke Sanders with a hard right hand.

With Sanders (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) struggling to regain his bearings, Soukhamthath (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) pounced with follow-up strikes on the mat, earning the TKO finish at the 1:06 mark of Round 2.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 123 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

Check out the finish in the video above.

Also see:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 123 results: Andre Soukhamthath TKOs Luke Sanders in second for first UFC win

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After a slow first round, Andre Soukhamthath exploded early in the second, flooring Luke Sanders with a hard right hand.

With Sanders (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) struggling to regain his bearings, Soukhamthath (12-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) pounced with follow-up strikes on the mat, earning the TKO finish at the 1:06 mark of Round 2.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 123 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

After a first round that was somewhat short on action, Soukhamthath was in need of something big to announce his presence – especially since he came into this bout winless in two UFC outings.

But after slipping a Sanders left hand, Soukhamthath came roaring back with a hard right to the jaw that flattened Sanders, who seemed to briefly lose consciousness before jolting back into the fight.

Sanders would attempt to roll away from Soukhamthath’s punches and elbows after that, going to his belly to avoid the assault while still appearing to be somewhat in possession of his faculties, but referee Josh Rosenthal decided he’d seen enough.

Just a little over a minute into the second, Rosenthal stepped in to call off the bout, much to the dismay of Sanders, who was on his feet immediately and arguing against the stoppage, but to no avail.

The win is Soukhamthath’s first in the UFC, snapping a two-fight losing streak. Sanders has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 123 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Fresno.)

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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 123 with a crucial fight for Cub Swanson

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The UFC visits Fresno, Calif., on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 123. Headlining the card is a potential featherweight title eliminator between long-time 145-pound competitor Cub Swanson and the fast-rising Brian Ortega.

Swanson was close to a shot at then-champion Jose Aldo in 2014, but a submission loss to Frankie Edgar knocked Swanson out of the title picture. Now, with a four-fight winning streak to his name, Swanson hopes a win over Ortega will earn him his longed-for title fight.

Ortega debuted with the UFC a few months before Swanson’s loss to Edgar. When he joined the UFC the Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt was 8-0. He remains unbeaten with four consecutive third-round submission wins with the UFC.

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place at Save Mart Center, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. Risk vs. reward

Since he joined the WEC/UFC in 2007, Swanson has won nine fight-night bonuses, including “Fight of the Night” in his two most recent bouts. He enters UFC Fight Night 123 with a contract that expires when his fight against Brian Ortega comes to an end.

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Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who is the No. 6 ranked featherweight in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, is taking a calculated risk in fighting out his deal against Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), a rising star who is one spot below him in the rankings. If the 34-year-old Swanson hands his 26-year-old opponent the first loss of his career, he figures his worth to the company should be at an all-time high. If that is the case, Swanson should be rewarded handsomely.

If he’s wrong, things could get a little dicey, just ask Stevie Ray, who fought out his contract, and lost, in July. Ray is still waiting to negotiate a new deal with the promotion.

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2. A fan favorite returns

Jason Knight was on a four-fight winning streak when he decided to step in as an injury replacement against featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas. It was a gutsy move, but not an especially shocking one. During his stint with the UFC, the Mississippian has become a fan favorite for his take no prisoners approach to fighting.

Knight’s gamble did not pay off. Lamas stopped him via strikes in the first round. The defeat did not hurt Knight’s standing in the rankings. He remains an honorable mention. Nor did the loss hurt Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the eyes of the UFC. His fight against Gabriel Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is his first co-main event bout with the promotion.

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The unranked Benitez, who is coming off a loss to Enrique Barzola, is a significant underdog in this matchup. Benitez is a powerful, but limited striker, who is susceptible to takedowns.

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3. Not a bad consolation prize

When former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz was pulled from his scheduled bout against Jimmie Rivera, both Marlon Moraes and Aljamain Sterling campaigned for the open spot. Neither received the nod. John Lineker will face Rivera at UFC 219.

Instead, the UFC opted to give Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who is ranked No. 6 in the division, a shot at the No. 12 ranked Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) after the UFC pulled Sterling’s original opponent, Rani Yahya from UFC Fight Night 123 due to injury.

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While neither fighter received his wish to fight Rivera in what could have been a bantamweight title eliminator, a win here might put the victor one or two fights away from a shot at the title.

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4. Former champions meet

Eryk Anders

All signs indicate Eryk Anders is a fighter to watch in the middleweight division. The former University of Alabama linebacker began competing in MMA a little more than two years ago and he’s already unbeaten in nine fights. His two most recent bouts took place in a span of 29 days. He won the LFA middleweight title with a unanimous decision victory in June. He followed that with a first-round knockout of 17-fight UFC veteran Rafael Natal.

Anders (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) faces unbeaten Markus Perez at UFC Fight Night 123. Perez (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) steps into his UFC debut on short notice. Like Anders, he enters his first UFC bout after winning the LFA middleweight title. Perez won the title via first-round submission.

5. Watch the pace

Benito Lopez

Benito Lopez was 7-0 with five consecutive first-round stoppage victories to his name when he appeared on the Dana White’s Contender Series 7 card. The 23-year-old didn’t get a finish that night, but his split decision win over Steven Peterson earned him a UFC contract. The Team Alpha Male product faces a tough test in Albert Morales in this bantamweight contest.

During the Peterson fight it was plain to see how Lopez racked up those first-round finishes. He was relentless in his striking attack, which included a nice mix of kicks and knees. The drawback of Lopez’s fast pace was that he faded as the fight progressed.

The 26-year-old Morales might only have one win in the UFC, a split decision over Andre Soukhamthath, but he was 6-0 with five finishes before he joined the promotion. Like Lopez (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) employs a fast-paced striking attack.

6. Welcome to the flyweight division

Two former women’s bantamweight title contenders drop to flyweight for a rematch at UFC Fight Night 123. In their first meeting, Alexis Davis, who is ranked No. 12 at 135 pounds defeated Liz Carmouche, who is the No. 14 ranked bantamweight, by unanimous decision.

Neither fighter has been very active since they faced off in 2013. Davis (18-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has fought five times since that bout, while Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has stepped into the cage three times.

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In a division with a newly crowned champion, and a handful of bantamweight and strawweight fighters looking to make the move to 125 pounds, this is an important fight for these two 33-year-old veterans. An impressive performance will go a long way toward establishing the victor in the still-developing division.

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7. In search of a UFC bantamweight win

Andre Soukhamthath

Luke Sanders faces Andre Soukhamthath in a battle between two fighters who held bantamweight titles outside the UFC. Sanders (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) held the RFA title, while Soukhamthath (11-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) was the CES champion. Neither fighter has a win at 135 pounds in the UFC.

Sanders is a powerful and aggressive fighter who was on his way to a stoppage victory over Iuri Alcantara before delivering an illegal knee to his opponent’s head during his most recent fight. The break in the action gave Alcantara new life. He took advantage of the opportunity and submitted Sanders in the second round.

Soukhamthath has dropped both his UFC outings by split decision. His most recent defeat came against Alejandro Perez at UFC Fight Night 114. Soukhamthath has power in his hands, but he’s not nearly as active or aggressive as Sanders.

8. The new guy

Whenever a new addition joins the flyweight division, it’s worth taking a look at that fighter. At UFC Fight Night 123, that fighter is Alex Perez.

Perez (18-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) earned his UFC contract with an impressive first-round submission win over Kevin Gray on the Dana White Contender Series 5 card. The victory extended the 25-year-old’s winning streak to five straight. The former Tachi Palace champ has a very well-rounded game. With 22 fights on his record, he brings a wealth of experience into his fight against Carls John de Tomas (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

At 21, De Tomas is one of the youngest fighters in the UFC. With just seven fights on his record, six of which came with the Universal Reality Combat Championship promotion in the Philippines, he’ll have a distinct experience disadvantage in this matchup.

De Tomas enters this bout after a loss to Naomi Inoue at UFC Fight Night 111. A late change from the California State Athletic Commission moved this fight to a bantamweight contest.

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9. A tough first test

Frankie Saenz

Merab Dvalishvili signed with the UFC on the strength of a highlight-reel 15-second knockout win over Raufeon Stots at Ring of Combat 59. The stoppage was Dvalishvili’s first defense of the ROC bantamweight title. The win was the sixth straight victory for the Serra-Longo fighter.

Dvalishvili (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces Frankie Saenz. Saenz (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) was on a seven-fight winning streak before he dropped a decision to Urijah Faber at UFC 194. The 37-year-old has since lost two more fights and is likely fighting for his UFC life in Fresno.

Despite his losing skid, Saenz is going to be a tough fight for the debuting Dvalishvili.

10. It’s been a minute

Trevin Giles

Trevin Giles fights in his second curtain jerker at UFC Fight Night 123. If this fight goes as well as his first did, don’t expect him to fight so early on the prelims in the future.

Giles began his UFC career with a second-round knockout win over James Bochnovic at UFC 213. Giles showed good composure in his UFC debut. His ground striking was powerful and accurate. The 25-year-old landed 30 of his 37 attempted ground strikes. It was that work on the mat that earned him the knockout win.

Giles drops from light heavyweight to middleweight for his matchup against Antonio Braga Neto. Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) might not want to test Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the ground. The 30-year-old is a jiu-jitsu world champion. Neto’s most recent bout was a June 2014 decision loss to Clint Hester. Giles turned pro in January of that year. He has fought eight times since Neto’s most recent outing.

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 123 pre-event facts: A look at Brian Ortega's historic stoppage streak

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The UFC’s final “Fight Night” of the year occurs Saturday with UFC Fight Night 123, which takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

A clash of featherweight contenders goes down in the main event. Cub Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC), one of the most decorated fighters in divisional history, looks to extend his winning streak and earn a title shot while also completing the final fight on his current UFC contract when he takes on unbeaten rising start Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).

The headlining matchup caps off a 13-fight lineup, which marks the UFC’s debut in Fresno. For more on the numbers behind the card, check below for 35 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 123.

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Main event

Cub Swanson

Swanson competes in his 22nd UFC/WEC featherweight bout, the most appearances in combined divisional history.

Swanson’s four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Max Holloway (11) and Darren Elkins (five).

Swanson’s 15 victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are second most in combined divisional history behind Jose Aldo (16).

Swanson’s 10 victories in UFC featherweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Holloway (14) and Darren Elkins (12).

Swanson’s six stoppage victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in the combined divisional history behind Holloway (nine), Aldo (nine) and Urijah Faber (seven).

Swanson’s past five victories have come by decision. He hasn’t earned a stoppage since July 2013.

Cub Swanson

Swanson’s six knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Holloway (seven).

Swanson and Artem Lobov combined for 332 signifiant strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 108, the second most ever in a UFC fight behind the 334 between Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone and UFC 141.

Swanson’s 209 significant strikes landed against Lobov are the single-fight record for a UFC/WEC featherweight bout.

Swanson’s 10 fight-night bonuses for UFC/WEC featherweight bouts are the most in combined divisional history.

Swanson’s six fight-night bonuses for UFC featherweight bouts are tied with Conor McGregor and Charles Oliveira for the most in divisional history.

Brian Ortega

Ortega’s 13-fight MMA winning streak is the longest among active UFC featherweights.

Ortega’s four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (11) and Elkins (five).

Ortega has earned all four of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Ortega’s four-fight stoppage streak in UFC featherweight bouts is the longest active streak in the division.

Ortega is the only fighter UFC history to earn four consecutive third-round stoppage victories.

Remaining main card

Gabriel Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned 16 of his 19 career victories by stoppage. Both of his UFC stoppage wins are by submission.

Benitez defends 70.7 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the division.

Aljamain Sterling

Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) absorbs just 1.34 significant strikes per minute in UFC bantamweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.

Marlon Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) competes in his second UFC bout in a 28-day stretch. He defeated John Dodson at UFC Fight Night 120 this past month.

Moraes has fought to a split decision in both of his UFC appearances.

Scott Holtzman (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight UFC career. He was victorious in his most recent bout.

Albert Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) has just one victory in his past four fights.

Preliminary card

Alexis Davis

Alexis Davis (18-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) returns to the flyweight division for the first time since November 2010. She spent her previous seven UFC fights at bantamweight.

Davis is 1-1 since she returned from a nearly two-year layoff in December 2016.

Davis has alternated wins and losses over her past five UFC appearances.

Davis has earned four of her five UFC victories by decision.

Alexis Davis and Liz Carmouche

Davis faces Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in a rematch of a fight she won by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 31 in November 2013.

Carmouche drops to the flyweight division for the first time in her career. She spent her previous 16 fights at bantamweight.

Carmouche is 5-5 in her past 10 professional bouts.

Andre Soukhamthath (11-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has suffered all six of his career losses by decision. Both of his UFC losses are by split decision.

Iuri Alcantara (34-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is 7-4 with one no-contest since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in January 2013.

Iuri Alcantara

Alcantara defeated Sanders at UFC 209 despite a -107 total strike differential (134 to 27), the second-largest deficit for a winner by stoppage in UFC history behind A. Silva’s comeback against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 (-256).

Chris Gruetzemacher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to the UFC lightweight division after a one-fight stint at featherweight.

Antonio Braga Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to MMA competition for the first time since June 2014. He hasn’t earned a victory since June 2013.

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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