By the Numbers: UFC Fight Night 123

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 10, 2017

Brian Ortega isn’t someone you want near your neck.

Outgunned on the feet by Cub Swanson in the UFC Fight Night 123 headliner, Ortega lured his opponent into his realm, winning via guillotine choke 3:22 into the second round of their bout in Fresno, Calif., on Saturday night. “T-City” nearly finished the fight with a guillotine in round one, but Swanson, after winning most of the frame, was saved by the bell. He wasn’t nearly as lucky in the second stanza, as Ortega continues to establish himself as a rising star in the featherweight division.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 123, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.

5: Consecutive victories for Ortega, tying him with Darren Elkins for the second longest active winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight division. Max Holloway is No. 1 with 11 straight triumphs.

5: Consecutive finishes in the Octagon for Ortega, tying him with Stipe Miocic and Maribek Taisumov for the second longest active finishing streak in the promotion. Francis Ngannou is first with six straight finishes in the UFC.

36: Significant strikes by which Swanson outlanded Ortega before the finish. That included a 30-to-8 advantage in the second period before Ortega induced the tapout.

49: Significant strikes by which Gabriel Benitez outlanded Jason Knight in the featherweight co-main event. Benitez landed 85 of 192 attempts, a 44 percent success rate. Knight was far less accurate, landing 36 of 181 attempts -- a 19 percent clip.

1: Takedown landed in nine attempts for Knight, who was deducted a point for biting Benitez’s finger in the opening stanza.

28: Days’ time in which former World Series of Fighting bantamweight titlist Marlon Moraes scored victories over fellow 135-pound contenders John Dodson and Aljamain Sterling. “Magic” knocked out Sterling with a knee just 67 seconds into their encounter on Saturday night.

173: Total strikes landed by Scott Holtzman in a unanimous decision triumph over Darrell Horcher at lightweight. Buoyed by seven successful takedowns, Holtzman outlanded his foe 44 to 20 in round one, 47 to 24 in round two and 82 to 16 in round three.

79: Significant strikes landed by Eryk Anders in a unanimous decision triumph over Markus Perez. The former University of Alabama linebacker landed 26 significant strikes at distance, 24 in the clinch and 29 on the ground.

11: Unofficial media scorecards of the 15 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the bantamweight clash between Benito Lopez and Albert Morales to Morales. However, it was Lopez who captured a split decision by earning the nod from two of the three cageside judges.

323: Combined total strikes landed by Alexis Davis (132) and Liz Carmouche (191) in their flyweight bout. Carmouche outlanded her foe 70 to 26 in round one and 56 to 34 in round three, while Davis held a 72-to-65 edge in round two. Davis, who went 4-for-4 on takedowns, would ultimately win a split decision. Davis defeated Carmouche in their first meeting via unanimous decision at UFC “Fight for the Troops 3” in November 2013.

11: Takedowns landed in 23 attempts by Merab Dvalishvili against Frankie Saenz, tying Brett Johns for the most in combined UFC/WEC history. Despite that effort, Dvalishvili lost a split verdict to Saenz. The 11 takedowns tie Rodney Wallace for the most in UFC history by a fighter in defeat.

38: Total strikes by which Dvalishvili outlanded Saenz, including a 39-to-17 edge in round two. Saenz, however, held a 58-to-47 advantage in significant strikes landed.

10: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 14 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that awarded the bout to Dvalishvili.

1,260: Days since Antonio Braga Neto’s last Octagon appearance, a split-decision loss to Clint Hester at UFC Fight Night 44 on June 28, 2014. The Brazilian’s return didn’t go so well either, as he suffered a third-round technical knockout loss to Trevin Giles in their middleweight bout.

52: Significant strikes by which Giles outlanded Neto. Giles landed 62 of his 70 significant strikes to the head.

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