UFC Fight Night 123 Recap:
UFC Fight Night 123 is in the books. We saw a little of everything from a bit finger to a guillotine choke to finish the night off. The card featured two top ten showdowns and some up and coming talent. The main card started off a little slow with the first 3 fights going the distance but ended with a bang. Jason Knight seems to be still suffering from his loss to Ricardo Lamas, while Brian Ortega scores a huge victory to remain undefeated. See the recap of the full card below.
Cub Swanson vs Brian Ortega:
The main event of the night featured two top ten featherweight fighters in #5 Cub Swanson vs undefeated #8 Brian Ortego. Swanson came into the fight on a 4 fight win streak looking for another quality win to move up the rankings and possibly get that title in the near future. Ortega had other plans.
Swanson came out landing some beautiful punches, but Ortego just absorbed them and keep moving on. It looked like Swanson was controlling the fight through most of the first round until the end. At the end of the first round, Ortega was able to get Swanson in a choke, but Swanson was saved by the horn to end round 1. Start of round 2 started the same with Swanson landing some beautiful fights to the face of Ortega. Once again Ortega was able to absorb the punches. Ortega quickly took over the fight and got on top of Swanson and was able to get him in a guillotine choke. A few moments later Swanson tapped and Ortego scores a quality victory and remains undefeated.
Result: Brain Ortega via 2nd Round Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Jason Knight vs Gabriel Benitez:
Jason Knight, a big fan favorite, came into this fight looking to rebound from his loss to Ricardo Lamas back in July. Gabriel Benitez came into this fight as the biggest underdog at +255. But don’t tell Benitez he’s an underdog.
Benitez absolutely dominated this weird crazy fight from beginning to end. In a fight that saw Knight get a 1 point deduction for possibly biting Benitez finger, to both guys getting poked in the eye, Benitez completely controlled the fight all three rounds. Benitez was so precise with his punches and landed one after another. To say Knight didn’t do anything this fight would be false, but Knight did absolutely nothing this fight. Benitez put on a punching clinic.
Result: Gabriel Benitez via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Marlon Moraes vs Aljamain Sterling:
Marlon Moraes came into this fight only one month after his previous fight against John Dodson. A fight that Moraes won by split decision. Aljamain Sterling came into this fight on a 2 win fight streak with his latest win coming in July against Renan Barao coming via 1st round KO.
This fight was almost over as soon as it began. Moraes landed a couple punches within the first few seconds against Sterling. About 2 minutes into the fight it was all over. Moraes landed a beautiful leg kick to the head of Sterling and instantly knocked him out cold. This was a big fight with a lot on the line with these two top 10 bantamweight fighters facing off.
Result: Marlon Moraes via 1st Round KO
Scott Holtzman vs Darrell Horcher:
Both lightweights come into this fight looking to score a victory in a division that is tough from top to bottom. Scott Holtzman is coming off a win in April over Michael McBride, and Darrell Horcher is coming off a win over Devin Powell back in June. Horcher if you recall made his UFC debut on short notice when he filled in for an injured Tony Ferguson against Khabib Hurmagomedov. A fight Horcher lost by 2nd Round TKO.
Wasn’t the most exciting fight to watch. So far its been kind of a slow pace main card with all 3 fights so far going to decision. The first round saw both fighters trade some punches back and forth. For the most part, it was a fight that Holtzman controlled from beginning to end. Begining of the second round it looked like Horcher might show some life landing a couple nice uppercuts but Holtzman just took over again. Holtman got a couple takedowns throughout the fight and did a great job controlling the fight from the mat. There were a couple questionable calls when the referee stopped action and returned the fight to their feet. Either way, it was a dominating performance by Scott Holtzman.
Result: Scott Holtzman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Eryk Anders vs Markus Perez:
Two former LFA middleweight champions and undefeated fighters, Eryk Anders and Markus Perez met in the big show of the UFC. Anders is known for being a former University of Alabama linebacker entered the contest off a knockout win over Rafael Natal.
The actions started off slow with Anders pressing the action trying to land his powerful right hand. Perez was able to avoid most of Anders attacks and landed a late takedown to win the round. However, the rest of the fight was all the former football star. Anders overpowered Perez with powerful shots that rocked Perez several times. Anders unloaded shots after shots on Perez, who showed incredible heart. Perez would attempt to get to the fight to the ground, but Anders would end up on top and punish Perez with devastating ground and pound. Perez barely made it to the scorecards.
Result: Anders wins a unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, and 29-28).
Albert Morales vs Benito Lopez:
Benito Lopez came into this fight with an undefeated record of 8-0. Lopez earned a UFC contract via Dana White’s contender series. On the other end, Albert Morales came into this fight with a UFC record of 1-2-1.
This fight lived up to expectations of being an exciting fight. Both fighters came right out with high energy and throwing punches and kicks left and right. Lopez landed a couple beautiful high knees and followed it up with some nice punches to put Morales in a choke for a good minute. Morales was able to escape the choke and control the rest of the fight on Lopez’s back. Second round slowed down a little but there was still a lot of energy and some good punches and kicks being landed by both fighters. The second round was so close it was hard to score for either fighter. Round 3 seen more of the two fighters going after each other. Lopez seemed to keep pressing forward on Morales. It seemed that Morales was able to land more significant strikes and seemed more consistent. Couple of us at themmatakeover.com scored the fight for Morales but the judges saw it differently and scored it for Lopez. It was an entertaining fight that really could have gone either way. Lopez improves to 9-0 while Morales has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights.
Result: Benito Lopez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexis Davis defeated Liz Carmouche via Split Decision (29-29, 28-29, 29-28)
Andre Soukhamthath defeated Luke Sanders via 2nd Round TKO
Alex Perez defeated via Carls John de Tomas via 2nd Round Submission (D’arce Choke)
Frankie Saenz defeated Merab Dvalishvili via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Alejandro Perez defeated Iuri Alcantara via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Davi Ramos defeated Chris Gruetzemacher via 3rd Round Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Trevin Giles defeats Antonio Braga Neto via 3rd Round TKO