UFC Fight Night 123 Replay
Coming off an insane weekend of fights in between UFC 218, GLORY 48, Bellator 189 and The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, fans might be feeling a little a hangover going into this weekend. While the UFC has put together a relatively low-key card for the mainstream fan, the real MMA lover will not be disappointed when UFC Fight Night 123 go to the SaveMart Center in Fresno, Calif., on Saturday night.
The card is headlined by a featherweight face-off with title ramifications. Long time veteran Cub Swanson, who is currently sitting at 4th in the department, handles sixth-ranked Brian Ortega a rising star in the division. Both men have actually surged up the rankings in the last couple years, and the winner might quickly step right into line for a title shot.
The co-main occasion features another featherweight fight. Jason Knight, coming off a first-round knockout loss to third-ranked Ricardo Lamas, takes on Gabriel Benitez, who is likewise coming off a loss. Both males are on the brink of irrelevance inside the Octagon, and that usually makes for a terrific fight.
The main card is rounded out by an essential bantamweight match-up in between previous World Series of Fighting bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes and Aljamain Sterling, a light-weight battle that pits Darrell Horcher against Scott Holtzman, and a much-anticipated fight of undefeateds Eryk Anders and Markus Perez.
The action kicks off with three preliminary-card bouts on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. From there, it’s off to Fox Sports 1 for the 4 remaining prelim affairs at 8 p.m. ET. The action will stay on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET for the primary card. Combat Press authors Jaewon Paik and Dan Kuhl sneak peek the occasion in this edition of Toe-to-Toe.
Brian Ortega finally gets a headlining spot after a quite excellent run through the UFC’s featherweight department. He’s topped numerous powerful opponents along the way, and now he takes another step up to fulfill elite 145-pounder Cub Swanson. Will Ortega impress once again, or is Swanson poised to be the very first guy to hand Ortega a loss?
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 6:30PM ET
Exclusive FIGHT PASS Prelims
Alejandro Perez vs Iuri Alcantara
Chris Gruetzemacher vs Davi Ramos
Antonio Braga Neto vs Trevin Giles
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 8:00PM ET Prelims
Watch on FS1
Alexis Davis vs Liz Carmouche
Luke Sanders vs Andre Soukhamthath
Carls John De Tomas vs Alex Perez
Frankie Saenz vs Merab Dvalishvili
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 10:00PM ET
Main Card Watch on FS1
Cub Swanson vs Brian Ortega
Jason Knight vs Gabriel Benitez
Marlon Moraes vs Aljamain Sterling
Scott Holtzman vs Darrell Horcher
Eryk Anders vs Markus Perez
Albert Morales vs Benito Lopez