Featherweights take main and co-main events at UFC Fight Night, #4 ranked Swanson faces #6 Ortega at top of the card

Looks like the UFC is continuing to make up for lost time with the featherweights as UFC Fight Night holds fights in the division for the main and co-main events.  Headlining the show is #4 Cub Swanson vs. #6 Brian Ortega while the co-main event sees the clash of unranked featherweights Jason Knight and Gabriel Benitez.  UFC Fight Night 123, aka UFC Fight Pass: Swanson vs. Ortega, takes place December 9th at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA with three undercard fights webstreamed at UFC Fight Pass, four prelims and the six-fight main card broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

One of the most exciting fighters in the UFC Cub Swanson holds four “Fight of the Night” Bonuses in his Octagon run, a 10-3 segment of his overall 25-7 MMA career.  Swanson’s four-fight win streak consists of decisions over Hacran Dias, Tatsuya Kawajiri, #12 ranked Doo Ho Choi, and Artem Lobov with the last two earning “Fight of the Night”, the Lobov fight having taken place April 22nd.  The criticism of Swanson is Choi was his only ranked opponent in the last two years yet he holds the #4 ranking.  #6 Ortega’s record is still unblemished at 12-0 but that does not include a “no contest” due to his win over Mike De La Torre being overturned due to Ortega’s positive test for drostanolone.  His post-failed test wins are over Thiago Tavares, Diego Brandao, Clay Guida, and #10 ranked Renato Moicano with the Tavares and Moicano fights earning “Fight of the Night”.

#15 Jason Knight and Gabriel Benitez are both bouncing back from losses and trying to climb the rankings.  20-3 Knight is 4-2 in the UFC with wins over Jim Alers, Dan Hooker, Alex Caceres, and Chas Skelly while his latest fight was a TKO loss to #3 ranked Ricardo Lamas.  19-6 Benitez is 3-2 in the UFC but only 1-1 for the past two years.  After defeating Sam Sicilia in September 2016 Benitez lost a unanimous decision to Enrique Barzola in May.

Prelims at UFC Fight Pass

  • MW: Antonio Braga Neto vs. Trevin Giles
  • LW: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • BW: Alejandro Perez vs. Iuri Alcantara

Prelims on Fox Sports 1

  • BW: Frankie Sanchez vs. Merab Dvalishvili
  • Flyweight: Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • BW: Luke Sanders vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • W Flyweight: Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche

Main card

  • BW: Albert Morales vs. Benito Lopez
  • MW: Eryk Anders vs. Markus Perez
  • LW: Scott Holtzman vs.. Darrell Horcher
  • BW: Marlon Moraes vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • FW: Jason Knight vs. Gabriel Benitez
  • FW: Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega