UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega

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UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega
UFC Fresno poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 9, 2017 (2017-12-09)
VenueSave Mart Center
CityFresno, California
Total gate$568,290[1]
Event chronology
UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2 UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos

UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega (also known as UFC Fight Night 123) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on December 9, 2017, at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.[2]


While the UFC has hosted many events in Northern California, the event marked the promotion's first visit to Fresno.[2] Former Zuffa subsidiary Strikeforce previously contested five events in Fresno, the most recent in October 2010.[3]

A featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega served as the event headliner.[4][5][6]

Promotional newcomer John Phillips was expected to face Eryk Anders at the event. However, Phillips was removed from the card on November 2 and was replaced by fellow newcomer Markus Perez Echeimberg.[7]

Rani Yahya was expected to face Aljamain Sterling at this event. However, Yahya was forced to pull out from the card on November 7 due to injury.[8] He was replaced by former WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes.[9]

Bryan Caraway was expected to face Luke Sanders at the event. However, on November 20, Caraway pulled out of the fight due to undisclosed reasons.[10] He was replaced by Andre Soukhamthath.[11]

Carls John de Tomas and Alex Perez were expected to meet in a flyweight bout at this event. However, the CSAC elected to move the bout to the bantamweight division as they were concerned with De Tomas weight during fight week.[12]

Benito Lopez was fined 10% of his show money by the CSAC due to shoving his opponent Albert Morales at the weigh-ins ceremony. That money will go directly to the commission.[13]


Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight Brian Ortega def. Cub Swanson Submission (guillotine choke) 2 3:22
Featherweight Gabriel Benítez def. Jason Knight Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 29–27) 3 5:00 [a]
Bantamweight Marlon Moraes def. Aljamain Sterling KO (knee) 1 1:07
Lightweight Scott Holtzman def. Darrell Horcher Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Eryk Anders def. Markus Perez Echeimberg Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–25, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Benito Lopez def. Albert Morales Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Women's Flyweight Alexis Davis def. Liz Carmouche Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath def. Luke Sanders TKO (punches) 2 1:06
Bantamweight Alex Perez def. Carls John de Tomas Submission (anaconda choke) 2 1:54
Bantamweight Frankie Saenz def. Merab Dvalishvili Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight Alejandro Pérez def. Iuri Alcântara Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Davi Ramos def. Chris Gruetzemacher Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 0:50
Middleweight Trevin Giles def. Antônio Braga Neto KO (punches) 3 2:27
  1. ^ Knight was deducted one point in round 1 for biting Benítez's fingers.


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[15]

  • Fight of the Night: Brian Ortega vs. Cub Swanson
  • Performance of the Night: Brian Ortega and Marlon Moraes

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the California State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The total disclosed payout for the event was $866,000.[16]

  • Brian Ortega: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus) def. Cub Swanson: $76,000
  • Gabriel Benítez: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Jason Knight: $31,000
  • Marlon Moraes: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus) def. Aljamian Sterling: $36,000
  • Scott Holtzman: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Darrell Horcher: $15,000
  • Eryk Anders: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Markus Perez: $12,000
  • Benito Lopez: $19,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Albert Morales: $15,000 ^
  • Alexis Davis: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus) def. Liz Carmouche: $30,000
  • Andre Soukhamthath: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Luke Sanders: $12,000
  • Alex Perez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Carls John de Tomas: $10,000
  • Frankie Saenz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Merab Dvalishvili: $10,000
  • Alejandro Pérez: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Iuri Alcântara: $29,000
  • Davi Ramos: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Chris Gruetzemacher: $12,000
  • Trevin Giles: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Antônio Braga Neto: $10,000

^ Benito Lopez was fined 10 percent of his purse ($1,000) for shoving his opponent at the weigh-ins ceremony. That money went directly to the commission.


On December 29, it was announced that Carl John de Tomas failed a USADA drug test stemming from his appearance at this event following his weigh-in.[17] On February 5, he accepted a one-year suspension.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2017-12-10). "UFC Fight Night 123 draws reported 7,605 attendance for $568,290 live gate in Fresno". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  2. ^ a b Tristen Critchfield (2017-09-19). "UFC Fight Night 123 marks promotion's first visit to Fresno". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  3. ^ Staff (2017-09-17). "UFC to debut in Fresno on Dec. 9 with UFC Fight Night 123". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  4. ^ Fernando Quiles Jr. (2017-09-28). "Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega in the works for UFC Fight Night 123". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  5. ^ Staff (2017-10-02). "Cub Swanson says he's headlining UFC Fight Night 123 against Brian Ortega". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  6. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2017-10-10). "Swanson faces Ortega in All-California main event in Fresno". ufc.com. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  7. ^ Raphael Marinho (2017-11-02). "Markus Maluko signs with UFC and debuts against Eryk Anders, December 9" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  8. ^ John Morgan (2017-11-07). "Aljamain Sterling needs new opponent for UFC-Fresno with Rani Yahya forced out". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  9. ^ Simon Samano (2017-11-17). "Aljamain Sterling gets Marlon Moraes as UFC-Fresno replacement opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  10. ^ John Morgan (2017-11-20). "Bryan Caraway out at UFC-Fresno, Luke Sanders needs new opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  11. ^ Marcel Dorff (2017-11-22). "Andre Soukhamthath replaces Bryan Caraway against Luke Sanders at UFC Fresno" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  12. ^ John Morgan (2017-12-07). "UFC, CSAC shift weight class on UFC-Fresno bout". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  13. ^ John Morgan (2017-12-08). "Benito Lopez fined 10 percent for UFC-Fresno weigh-ins shove; CSAC to keep money". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  15. ^ Staff (2017-12-10). "UFC Fight Night 123 bonuses: Brian Ortega's amazing performance doubles up for $100,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  16. ^ Staff (2017-12-13). "UFC Fight Night 123 salaries: Ex-WSOF champ Marlon Moraes leads $866k payroll". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  17. ^ Staff (2017-12-29). "Carls John de Tomas fails USADA drug test, notified of potential anti-doping infraction". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2018-02-05). "Former UFC bantamweight Carls John de Tomas accepts one-year USADA suspension". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-02-05.