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 results: Davi Ramos chokes out gritty Chris Gruetzemacher in third

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Davi Ramos did nearly everything he could think of to knock Chris Gruetzemacher out.

When it almost resulted in Ramos (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) wearing himself out instead, he dragged Gruetzemacher (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) to the mat and slapped on the rear-naked choke to force the submission at the 0:50 mark of Round 3.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 123 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

Ramos got off to a quick start, attacking Gruetzemacher with punches and knees in the early going, then continuing to batter him on the feet throughout the round as Greutzemacher displayed his resilience simply by remaining conscious.

But after another blistering start to the second failed to put Greutzemacher away, Ramos seemed to fade a bit under the force of his own labors. That’s when Greutzemacher turned up his own offense, forcing Ramos to rely more on takedowns to halt his momentum, which only left him even more exhausted by the time he headed for his corner at the end of the round.

After a short rest to collect himself, Ramos came out for the final round thinking takedown first. A slick transition off an unsuccessful double-leg attempt helped Ramos take Greutzemacher’s back, and from there it was a simple trip to the mat, where Ramos immediately latched on the choke and forced the tap.

The victory gives Ramos his first UFC win in two tries after a loss in his debut this past March. Greutzemacher 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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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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With Chris Gruetzemacher out, Martin Bravo now meets Humberto Bandenay at UFC Fight Night 114

One fighter’s loss is another’s gain as Peruvian featherweight Humberto Bandenay will get a crack at the UFC.

UFC officials recently announced that Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in for Chris Gruetzemacher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and face Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC at UFC Fight Night 114 on Aug. 5 at Mexico City Arena. The night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed, but the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In addition to the change, UFC officials also confirmed a handful of bouts that had been previously reported, including Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Henry Briones (16-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (23-9 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Jose Quinonez (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Diego Rivas (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

Bravo won “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3” in 2016 after scoring a TKO win over Claudio Puelles in the lightweight-tournament final. It remains “El Toro’s” most recent appearance. Prior to the reality show, the 23-year-old Mexican fighter dominated his country’s regional scene with a 10-0 career start that included eight stoppages.

Meanwhile, Bandenay makes his promotional debut on the strength of a five-fight winning streak in which all five wins have come by way of stoppage. He fought most recently in May, scoring a first-round submission win via armbar in a King of the Cage contest.

With the changes in the lineup, UFC Fight Night 114 now includes:

  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Bradley Scott
  • Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
  • Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas
  • Martin Bravo vs. Chris Gruetzemacher

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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