100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Marlon Moraes - 93.0
2. Brian Ortega - 92.5
3. Eryk Anders - 92.2
4. Alex Perez - 92.1
5. Davi Ramos - 91.8
6. Trevin Giles - 91.8
7. Liz Carmouche - 91.4
8. Andre Soukhamthath - 91.0
9. Albert Morales - 90.9
10. Benito Lopez - 90.7
UFC Fight Night 123: Swanson vs. Ortega
Location: Fresno, California
Elevation: 308'
-Fight of the Night-
Marlon Moraes vs. Aljamain Sterling
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.3
     Giles came out swinging early to get this fight started, but Neto quickly clinched, to try to get Giles under control. Giles appears to be significantly more athletic, as his movement is a bit too fast for Neto to catch up with. As soon as I said that though, Neto took down Giles, pinning him against the fence. Neto sort of cranked on the left arm of Giles in sort of a keylock position, but Giles was able to tough it out until Neto let go. Round one clearly goes to Neto based on his ground control.
     The second round started on the feet, with Giles still looking significantly faster, and Neto looked like he was clearly slowing down already. Giles blasted Neto with some massive punches and some solid leg kicks as well. Giles rocked Neto halfway through the round, and chased him around the cage for a few seconds, but backed off, as he tried to keep his cool. Giles spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Neto with slick striking. This fight is all tied up going into the final round, but Neto looks like he doesn't have anything left at all.
     Giles started the final round by pumping some hard jabs, Neto fired back, and then took down Giles, but Giles quickly worked his way back to his feet, and told Neto to stand back up as well. Giles continued to pick apart Neto with some of the hardest jabs I've ever seen, and then he put him down with a big overhand right. That was a really impressive display of striking by Trevin Giles.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Gruetzemacher started this fight by poking some straight punches at the face of Ramos, and when Ramos shot for an early takedown, Gruetzemacher stuffed the shot with ease. Ramos tried to pull guard a minute into the opening round, and Gruetzemacher just postured up a bit and pounded on him with punches before standing back up. Ramos landed some nice punches and a flying knee, but Gruetzemacher just ate the shots and kept coming forward. Ramos caught a kick halfway through the round, and finally took Gruetzemacher to the ground in the center of the cage. Ramos did a good job keeping Gruetzemacher pinned for the rest of the round, but he didn't really accomplish much else on the ground. Round one should go to Ramos, based on his top control?
     The second round started with Ramos throwing some tight bombs, and he connected with some really hard shots, rocking Gruetzemacher, and then he took him down 30 seconds into the round, ending up inside Gruetzemacher's butterfly guard. Gruetzemacher just held onto him, so the referee stood them up a few seconds later. They both spent the next couple of minutes trading big punches, with Gruetzemacher chasing Ramos for the most part, but Ramos was still landing some solid shots as counters. Ramos looked like he was starting to run out of gas, and Gruetzemacher was still plowing forward, but Ramos was able to take him down with a slick double leg with 2 minutes left in the round, and Gruetzemacher popped back up almost immediately. The final minute of the round turned into a wild brawl. That round could probably go either way, but Ramos scored another takedown with 20 seconds left in the round, which should be enough to win the round for Ramos.
     The final round started with Ramos shooting for a takedown almost immediately, he couldn't quite get it, so he clinched with Gruetzemacher's back instead, while they were both pressed against the fence. Ramos dumped Gruetzemacher to the ground, locked on a tight rear-naked choke, and Gruetzemacher was forced to submit. That was a fantastic finish by Davi Ramos. The fight overall was pretty fun to watch, but yeah, that was a slick submission finish by Davi Ramos.
      The first round had both guys moving around a lot, they exchanged a few random punches & kicks, but for the most part, neither fighter really did anything noteworthy in that round. The second round was another close round of striking, with both fighters looking like they were waiting for the fight to start. I think Alcantara has landed the better strikes overall though, so I'm leaning slightly in favor of Alcantara at this point. The final round was more of the same, with Alcantara showing a SLIGHT advantage in the striking department, but Perez spent some time clinching, and pressing Alcantara against the fence, and then he caught a kick and tripped Alcantara, but let him stand back up immediately. This was a close fight, and I would score it 29-28 for Alcantara, but I don't think either fighter did enough to clearly win this one. All 3 judges disagreed with me, giving the unanimous decision victory to Alejandro Perez.
      These guys clinched almost immediately, with Dvalishvili pressing Saenz against the fence for some herky jerky clinchwork. Saenz took control of the clinch, and blasted Dvalishvili with a series of hard knees, and then Dvalishvili took him down, Saenz swept him, Dvalishvili stood back up, and clinched hard with Saenz's body, and pressed him against the fence again. He took him down quickly, and Saenz stood back up immediately. Dvalishvili spent the rest of the round just working for takedowns, grinding Saenz against the fence. At this pace though, I'm expecting Dvalishvili to gas pretty soon, and he also has some significant damage to his right eye already. Round one probably goes to Dvalishvili based on pressure, but Saenz is definitely still in this game.
     The second round started with both fighters trading sloppy punches & kicks, and then Dvalishvili went back to clinching and pressing Saenz against the fence. Dvalishvili scored another takedown, Saenz stood up immediately again, and they reset to trade some more strikes. Dvalishvili scored another takedown, and just laid on Saenz in the center of the cage. This fight kind of sucks. Dvalishvili is clearly winning the fight with his wrestling, but this is a lay & pray fight if I've ever seen one.
     The final round started with some punches, Saenz cut Dvalishvili's head pretty badly with a headbutt, and then Dvalishvili scored another takedown, and started bleeding all over him. Saenz worked his way back to his feet 90 seconds into the round. Saenz went for a last minute guillotine, but that went nowhere. This should be a clear (boring) 30-27 for Merab Dvalishvili. OH WOW... Two judges gave the split-decision victory to Frankie Saenz.
(Anaconda Choke)
      Perez beat up Tomas with some strikes to start the first round, and then tried to setup an Anaconda choke, but couldn't quite lock it on, as Tomas was squirming around a lot, but Perez still kept him under control with a variety of dominant positions on the ground until the end of the round. Round one goes to Perez.
     Perez landed a few solid shots to start the second round, and then took down Tomas, landing in side control this time. Tomas continued to squirm around on the ground, while Perez controlled him from a variety of top positions, while hitting him with punches, elbows, and knees to the body. Perez went for the Anaconda choke again, locked it on, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic one-sided performance by Alex Perez.
      The first round had Sanders pressing Soukhamthath against the fence for a lot of clinching. They traded a few strikes, but for the most part, it was just an awful lot of clinching against the fence. Round one should go to Sanders.
     The second round started with both guys jumping around a bit, trading a few strikes, and then Soukhamthath dropped Sanders with a massive right hand, he unloaded on him with some big punches on the ground, Sanders wasn't really doing anything, so the referee stopped the fight, and Sanders IMMEDIATELY jumped up and said he was fine. Probably a bad stoppage I guess? BUT... Sanders wasn't doing ANYTHING while getting his ass kicked, so he can't complain TOO much. Congrats to Soukhamthath for the much needed UFC victory.
      These girls both traded some big punches, and then Davis clinched 20 seconds into the round and pressed Carmouche against the fence. Carmouche hit her with a LOT of short punches to the head & body while Davis was just holding her against the fence. Davis was trying to take Carmouche to the ground, but Carmouche did a good job staying on her feet, while landing a LOT of short punches. The referee reset them 2 minutes into the opening round. Davis tried to clinch again, and Carmouche threw Davis to the ground around the halfway point, landing in side control near the fence. Carmouche landed some big shots on the ground, and tried to setup a choke, but Davis was able to work her way back to her feet, only to get taken down again. This time Carmouche landed inside Davis's guard, and continued to work her ground & pound while smothering her against the fence. Davis locked on a tight armbar with 20 seconds left in the round, but Carmouche was able to stack her, and then she slammed her way out of it at the end of the round. I'm giving that first round to Carmouche. She landed way more strikes, secured takedowns, and slammed her way out of an armbar.
     Carmouche came out swinging to start the second round, but Davis caught a kick and took Carmouche to the ground, landing inside her guard. Davis threw a few random punches, but she was mostly just smothering Carmouche in the center of the cage. The referee stood them up with 45 seconds left in the round. Carmouche blasted Davis with some MASSIVE punches and then Davis clinched again, pressing Carmouche against the fence again. Carmouche tripped Davis with a nice little Rock Bottom, to finish the round. I have Carmouche ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but apparently some people gave the first round to Davis for some reason.
     Davis's left eye looked like she had a camel hump about to burst out of her forehead at the start of the final round. Carmouche opened up with some BRUTAL punch combinations, rocking the shit out of Davis, and then she took her down a minute into the final round, landing in Davis's guard, where Carmouche was able to drop some big elbows. Davis locked on another armbar, and Carmouche slammed her way out of that one as well with half a round left to work. Carmouche quickly passed to side control, where she continued to pound on Davis with punches & elbows. Davis's forehead looks like a monster now. Davis swept Carmouche with 15 seconds left in the final round, and ended the fight on top, but I still think Carmouche dominated 4:45 of that round. This SHOULD be a clear cut unanimous decision for Liz Carmouche. Nope... Judges fucked this one up. Congrats to Davis for getting her ass kicked, and stealing a split-decision.
      These guys both traded some wild punches & kicks, Morales tried to take Lopez down with a back clinch, but couldn't quite get it, so they reset, Morales hurt Lopez with a big left hand, and then Lopez blasted Morales with a flying knee, they both unloaded with some wild strikes, and then Lopez slapped on a mounted guillotine choke near the fence, but he was just cranking it with one arm, while holding himself up with his other arm. They eventually popped back up, and Morales chased Lopez while throwing bombs at him, and then he clinched with Lopez's back against the fence, all of this just inside the first 2 minutes of the opening round. Morales punched Lopez in the side of the head repeatedly, while still keeping him pressed against the fence, with one of Lopez's wrists trapped down by his hip. Lopez's nose was bleeding by the end of the round. That was a wild round, but I guess I would score it slightly in favor of Albert Morales.
     The second round started off with some nice technical exchanges, and then 2 minutes in, they both started brawling, and it became clear that the brawling favors Lopez a bit. Once they slowed down and switched to being more technical, Morales started to pull ahead a bit. Overall, this has been a really close fight, so that second round could probably go either way, so I'm interested to see how the third round plays out.
     The final round was another round of close competitive striking, but again, I feel like Morales was landing more frequently, and had the better technique, so even though Lopez landed a few wild shots, I'm still going to score this fight 29-28 for Albert Morales. All 3 judges disagreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Benito Lopez, with one judge even giving him all 3 rounds.
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Anders clinched and pressed Perez against the fence, where he beat him up with some short punches & knees, while trying to trip him to the ground. Perez ended up dumping Anders to the ground halfway through the round, which surprised a lot of people. Anders worked his way back to his feet, he landed some big punches, and then Perez finished the round by taking him down again. I gave the first round to Perez.
     The second round had Anders beating the shit out of Perez while chasing him around the cage, winging big punches at him, and he dropped him multiple times. Perez was clearly slowing down in the second round. Perez threw a kick and knocked himself off balance with 90 seconds left in the round, so Anders just pinned him against the fence and continued to beat the shit out of him until the end of the round. Round two could be a 10-8 round for Anders.
     The final round was another round full of Anders taking down Perez and beating the living shit out of him with big punches & elbows on the ground, while Perez was just flailing around hoping to survive until the decision, which was clearly going to be lopsided against him. In the end, all 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Eryk Anders. Perez had a good showing in the first round, but everything after that was horrible. Congrats to Anders for the heavy grinding victory.
      Holtzman took down Horcher in the first round, and beat him up with some basic ground & pound against the fence. Horcher kept looking at the referee, hoping for a standup, but the referee ignored him, so Horcher had to eventually wrestle his way into top control with 90 seconds left in the round, and then they stood back up, reset, and then Horcher took down Holtzman. That round was a close round, with both guys scoring takedowns, and neither fighter really doing any damage.
     They started the second round by trading a few random strikes, and then Holtzman took down Horcher again, a minute into the round, and pinned him against the fence. Horcher worked his way back to his feet, only to get tripped back to the ground immediately. The first round was close, but the second round clearly goes to Holtzman.
     The final round started with Holtzman clinching and pressing Horcher against the fence. They worked some dirty boxing, Horcher landed a few solid shots, and then Holtzman shot for another takedown, which Horcher was finally able to stuff this time. Holtzman eventually took down Horcher, and beat him up against the fence, and then the referee finally decided to stand them back up, only to have Holtzman score another takedown. This fight should be a clear decision victory for Hotlzman, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      Sterling threw a few random kicks, Moraes fired back with some big punches, Moraes caught a kick, and pushed Sterling to the ground, but let him stand back up. Sterling threw a leg kick, but Moraes checked it. Moraes dropped Sterling with a big left hook as he rushed in, Sterling grabbed for an armbar, Moraes stood up out of it, backed away, Sterling stood up, and then Moraes blasted him with a BRUTAL knee to the side of the head that knocked Sterling the fuck out. That was a fantastic first round KO victory by Marlon Moraes in just over one minute.
      These guys both traded some wild punches, and then Knight shot for a takedown a minute into the opening round, Benitez tried to slap on a guillotine choke, and then Benitez screamed because something was wrong with his finger or something. Apparently Knight bit Benitez's finger? After the doctor checked him out, the referee took a point from Knight, and the fight continued. Knight shot for another takedown, but Benitez ended up on top, Knight tried to catch him in a triangle, and they stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded some random strikes until the end of the round, leading to a round that was close, but I would probably score it slightly in favor of Benitez, and with that point that was taken from Knight, it COULD be a 10-8 round for Benitez.
     The second round started with both guys trading some punches & kicks, and the Knight took down Benitez, only to have Benitez end up on top again, so they stood back up and reset. They traded a few more strikes, and then Knight poked Benitez in the eye, so the doctor had to check him out again. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade random strikes until the end of the round. At this point, I don't think there is any way Knight can win this fight without a finish.
     The final round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, Knight was moving forward the entire time, but due to Benitez's circular movement, Knight wasn't able to land many damaging shots. In the end, this fight should be a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Gabriel Benitez, and all 3 judges agreed. It was a decent fight, but it was sort of ruined by a few random accidents.
(Guillotine Choke)
      The first round started really slowly, with both guys sort of testing the distance, but not really engaging in anything noteworthy for the first couple of minutes. They started trading some decent punches halfway through the round, but still seemed like they were saving up for the later rounds or something. Ortega locked on a random Anaconda choke late in the round, but Swanson was able to roll around long enough to survive. Round one goes to Ortega, based on that choke.
      They traded some wacky kicks & punches to start the second round, Ortega was moving around a lot more, while Swanson basically stood in the center of the cage. They both landed a few solid shots, Ortega was coming forward as the aggressor, Swanson landed some clean counters, Ortega got reckless, rushed in, clinched, landed a knee to the body, and then locked on a guillotine choke, while Swanson tried to stay standing, and Ortega was hanging onto him like a backpack strapped to his chest or something, and Swanson was forced to submit. That was a huge win for Brian "T-City" Ortega. This dude is a legit contender at featherweight.