The 13-bout lineup is set for Saturday’s UFC debut in Fresno.
UFC Fight Night 123 takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The headliner features a pair of featherweight contenders – both of whom are California natives. Cub Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, looks to solidify his case for a title shot when he meets No. 7-ranked Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
The California natives, who have combined for 23 stoppages in 37 career victories, are both on winning streaks. Swanson has won four straight since back-to-back submission losses to Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway in 2015. Ortega, meanwhile, has posted four straight stoppage wins since a no-contest with Mike De La Torre in 2014 due to a failed drug test.
In the co-headliner, Jason Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) – aka “Mississippi Mean” (and “Hick Diaz”) – looks to rebound from a recent loss to perennial contender Ricardo Lamas when he meets Mexican featherweight and “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1” semifinalist Gabriel Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC).
Rounding out the main card are No. 6 bantamweight Marlon Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. No. 12 Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), lightweights Scott Holtzman (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Darrell Horcher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), middleweights Eryk Anders (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Markus Perez (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and bantamweights Benito Lopez (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Albert Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC).
The full UFC Fight Night 123 card includes:
MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
- Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
- Gabriel Benitez vs. Jason Knight
- Marlon Moraes vs. Aljamain Sterling
- Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
- Eryk Anders vs. Markus Perez
- Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
- Luke Sanders vs. Andre Soukhamthath
- Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
- Merab Dvalishvili vs. Frankie Saenz
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Iuri Alcantara vs. Alejandro Perez
- Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
- Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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