UFC Fresno Bonuses: Ortega Pockets Extra $100k | Moraes Cashes in on a Brutal KO
Fight of the Night: Brian Ortega and Cub Swanson fought in the Main Event of the evening, each fighter looking to secure a title shot against Max Holloway somewhere down the line. The matchup was one that fans applauded upon announcement as it guaranteed an awesome showdown. The two did not disappoint, turning in a fight of the night performance throughout a quick fight in Fresno. Brian Ortega submitted Cub Swanson in the 2nd round of the fight after a back and forth first round filled with wild boxing exchanges and a D’Arce choke from Brian Ortega in which Cub was seemingly saved by the bell. Mid second round Ortega trapped Cub against the fence and leaped on a standing Guillotine attempt that had Cub tapping out once the choke was adjusted and secured.
Performance of the Night: Brian Ortega pocketed an additional 50,000 dollars in addition to his Fight of the Night performance against Cub Swanson. An honor that sweetens the deal for the newfound contender in the featherweight division. Coming into the Main Event fight, Ortega held a perfect 4-0 UFC record, finishing all of his fights along the way. Ortega continues the streak taking out Cub Swanson with a slick standing Guillotine choke in the 2nd round to move the streak to 5 finishes and hopefully a title shot against Max Holloway.
Performance of the Night: Former WSOF Champion Marlon Moraes stepped into the Octagon for the second time in 28 days against Aljamain Sterling and delivered a highlight reel knockout that’s sure to contend for “Knockout of the year”. Just over a minute into the contest, Marlon stuffed a takedown attempt from Sterling, stood and threw up a head kick that turned into a knee in mid-air and connected flush on the jaw of Sterling sending him on a slow slump to the canvas, out before he had a chance to hit the ground. A scary finish that had fans and Moraes himself concerned as Aljamain didn’t get up from the canvas for a long time after the fight and was carried out in a stretcher. Nevertheless, the short notice turnaround proved to work in Moraes’ favor and he moves to 2-1 in the UFC and looks to move closer to a shot at the UFC Bantamweight title.