Swanson vs Ortega Live Stream Online,Check out Bloody Elbow’s extensive fight night and post-fight coverage of UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega, which takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on Saturday, December 9th. The night’s main card airs on Fox Sports 1, with featherweight contenders Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega facing off in the main event.
Swanson vs Ortega Live
Date: Saturday, Dec. 9
Start time: 10 p.m. ET
Location: Save Mart Arena — Fresno, California
When discussing the 145-pound division in UFC, Cub Swanson’s name is a requirement. The veteran fighter has slowly worked his way up through the ranks to become one of the top contenders for the title, but standing in his way is an upstart in Brian Ortega. Despite consecutive losses to Frankie Edgar and new champion Max Holloway, Swanson is on the verge of title contention if he can get by Ortega on Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night Fresno.
Swanson has won four straight fights and earned Fight of the Night honors in his last two bouts. Ortega, meanwhile, boasts a nearly unblemished record in his professional career with a 12-0-0 record and one No Contest. He’s also won four straight fights since joining UFC, scoring stoppages in each bout.
Saturday night also marks the return of another top 145-pound contender in Jason Knight, who lost to Ricardo Lamas his last time out. Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s action.
The main event of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night, in Fresno, California, is more important now than it was when contracts were first signed. With Max Holloway successfully defending his featherweight title against Jose Aldo for a second time and Frankie Edgar out for a while with an orbital bone fracture, the winner this weekend could find himself contesting for the title in his next outing. Perennial featherweight contender, Cub Swanson, looks to add a fifth victory to his current winning streak by beating one of the division’s new faces in Brian Ortega. Ortega is a fighter who has already shown plenty of potential in the Octagon but has clearly not realised it to its fullest.
Still unbeaten after 12 professional fights, Ortega is a dangerous submission artist who has discovered his striking power since signing with the UFC. His Gracie Jiu Jitsu black belt has forced his opponents to tap out in half of his bouts. Then, in his June 2015 ‘Fight of the Night’ war with Thiago Tavares, he showed good head movement and takedown defence and finished with a flurry of punches. Jump forward almost exactly 12 months to UFC 199 and he is knocking out Clay Guida with a beautifully timed knee, with only 20 seconds left in the fight. He had a triangle win over Diego Brandao in-between those fights and is coming off guillotine win over Renato Moicano this summer.
UFC Fight Night 123 Main Event:
145 lbs.: Cub Swanson (146) vs. Brian Ortega (144.8)
UFC Fight Night 123 Main Card:
145 lbs.: Gabriel Benitez (144.8) vs. Jason Knight (145.6)
135 lbs.: Marlon Moraes (135.4) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.6)
155 lbs.: Scott Holtzman (155.8) vs. Darrell Horcher (155.6)
185 lbs.: Eryk Anders (185.6) vs. Markus Perez (185.4)
135 lbs.: Benito Lopez (135.4) vs. Albert Morales (134)