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Watch: Brian Ortega Finishes Cub Swanson In The Main Event Of UFC Fresno

FRESNO, CA - DECEMBER 09: (R-L) Brian Ortega celebrates his submission victory over Cub Swanson in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Save Mart Center on December 9, 2017 in Fresno, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Cub Swanson’s impressive four-fight winning streak came to a frustrating end in Fresno, California on Saturday night, as he submitted to a sneaky standing guillotine choke from unbeaten 26-year-old contender Brian Ortega in the second round of the UFC Fight Night 123 main event.

The first round was contested almost exclusively on the feet, with both fighters having their moments. The longer Ortega landed some nice strikes from range, while Swanson did some very good work to the body. Late in the round, Swanson tested Ortega’s chin with a solid right hand and a left hook, but it was up to that test. Seconds later, Ortega almost engineered a finish out of nowhere. After the pair fell into a clinch in the centre of the octagon, Ortega locked on an anaconda choke and rolled to the ground. Swanson was lucky that there was so little time remaining and he survived the round – just.

Back on the feet at the start of the second, Swanson really started to find his range and landed some hurtful shots. This forced Ortega to pursue a takedown. He pushed Swanson against the fence, but couldn’t haul his fellow Californian to the ground. Instead, he switched to the neck and locked on another standing choke. This time, Ortega was able to acquire the tap and move to 13-0 with 1 No Contest.

One has to feel for Swanson, who was so close to a title shot before this setback and could easily have gotten the call from the UFC to face champion Max Holloway on short notice at UFC 218 last weekend after Frankie Edgar pulled out of the title fight with an injury.

This, however, puts the 34-year-old several spot further back in the queue.

Ortega on the other hand is likely to move into the top five of the UFC featherweight rankings and closer to a crack at the Hawaiian champion. But after the fight, the respectful ‘T-City’ said that he plans to stand back and wait for the veteran Edgar to get his shot before he starts calling for Holloway.

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