It was a seasoned veteran vs. an undefeated young up-and-coming talent when No. 4-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson met No. 6-ranked Brian Ortega in the main event of last night’s (Sat., December 9, 2017) UFC Fight Night 123 from Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.
With crucial ranking positioning up for grabs, Swanson came out strong early in his perceived area of strength. He hit Ortega with some precise punches and appeared to be on his way to winning round one. But Ortega used his slick submission skills to lock up a tight choke in the final seconds of the frame, and he looked for the same in the second.
When Swanson left his neck open for a split second, Ortega snatched it and locked on a tight standing guillotine which Swanson fought through. “T-City” made a world-class adjustment, however, cinching in the choke even further and earning the tap from the longtime contender for his biggest-ever win. Watch the highlights of Ortega’s jaw-dropping submission victory here: