Few people gave Brian Ortega a chance against Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night in California on Saturday night however the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu star showed his worth as he submitted his more fancied opponent in the second round.
This featherweight clash was expected to contain a few failed attempts by Ortega at take-downs before the striking ability of Swanson would shine through and he would land a knock-out punch.
However, that is not what happened.
In the first round, Swanson did land far more punches than Ortega however the warning bells should have been ringing as Ortega almost finished him with a standing choke.
The second round followed a similar pattern. Swanson was not able to cause enough damage via his stand-up game though and when an opportunity presented itself to Ortega for a guillotine, he needed no second invitation. Swanson never survived this play and was forced to tap-out.
The defeat is significant for Swanson. Saturday’s fight was the last on his current contract and his future is now in doubt.
At 34-years-of-age, the timing of this loss is far from ideal.
As for Ortega though, he is still just 26 and his stand-up game is improving at a rapid rate. He will be hoping for a shot at the title sooner rather than later.
All the other results from UFC Fight Night in California can be seen below:
Gabriel Benitez def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Marlon Moraes def. Aljamain Sterling via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 1:07
Scott Holtzman def. Darrell Horcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Eryk Anders def. Markus Perez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 29-28)
Benito Lopez def. Albert Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexis Davis def. Liz Carmouche via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andre Soukhamthath def. Luke Sanders via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:06
Alex Perez def. Carls John de Tomas via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 1:54
Frankie Saenz def. Merab Dvalishvili via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alejandro Perez def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Davi Ramos def. Chris Gruetzemacher via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 0:50
Trevin Giles def. Antonio Braga Neto via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:27