UFC Fight Night 114 Prelims: Dustin Ortiz Blitzes Hector Sandoval in Historically Fast Finish

By Brian Knapp Aug 5, 2017

Dustin Ortiz handled his business in record time.

Ortiz wiped out former Tachi Palace Fights champion Hector Sandoval with punches 15 seconds into the first round of their UFC Fight Night 114 “Pettis vs. Moreno” prelim on Saturday at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. It ranks as the fastest finish in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s flyweight division.

Sandoval (14-4) paid a heavy price for his aggression. Ortiz caught the Team Alpha Male export moving forward, clipped him with an overhand right to the temple and sent him crashing to the canvas with another shot to the face. Sandoval could not defend himself from the attack that followed. Ortiz blasted away with punches and hammerfists until referee Jerin Valel arrived on the scene to prevent further damage.

Hermansson Smashes Scott, Improves to 16-3

Former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder Jack Hermansson disposed of “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” finalist Bradley Scott with first-round punches in a preliminary middleweight affair. Scott (11-5) met his end 3:50 into Round 1.

Hermansson (16-3) executed a takedown, freed himself from an attempted triangle choke and passed the MMA Lab rep’s guard into side control. He then achieved full mount before advancing to the back and flattening out Scott. Elbows, forearm strikes and punches fell, forcing referee Bladimir Puga to call for the stoppage.

The 29-year-old Hermansson has gone 11-1 across his last 12 outings.

Yahya Kimura Dispatches Briones

The perpetually underrated Rani Yahya submitted Enrique Briones with a kimura in the first round of their undercard tilt at 135 pounds. A 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist and longtime Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Yahya (24-9) drew the curtain 2:01 into Round 1.

Briones (16-7-1) never stood a chance. Yahya hid his intentions behind a series of leg kicks and then swooped in for a takedown. He made passes at a guillotine and a north-south choke before settling in full guard. From there, the Constrictor Team standout framed the kimura, slid into side control and elicited the tapout.

Yahya, 32, has notched five wins in his last six appearances.

Quinonez Outpoints Returning Rivas

“The Ultimate Fighter Latin America” finalist Jose Alberto Quinonez recorded his third consecutive victory, as he captured a unanimous decision over Team Oyama’s Diego Rivas in a preliminary bantamweight battle. All three cageside judges scored it 30-27 for Quinonez (6-2), who improved to 3-1 inside the Octagon.

In his first appearance since February 2016, Rivas (7-1) could not crack the code. Quinonez controlled distance, utilized his length and kept his Chilean adversary on the end of his punches and kicks. He weathered a few Rivas right hands, one of which knocked him off-balance, and mixed in a second-round takedown for good measure, pairing it with hammerfists and standing-to-ground punches. Needing a finished to preserve his unblemished record, Rivas never threatened in the third round.

Undefeated Morales Throttles Sanchez

Unbeaten Team Alpha Male prospect Joseph Morales submitted former Legacy Fighting Alliance champion Roberto Sanchez with a first-round rear-naked choke in an undercard pairing at 125 pounds. Morales (9-0) brought it to a close 3:56 into Round 1.

Sanchez (7-1) executed a takedown inside the first 30 seconds and applied his ground-and-pound. His efforts went for naught. Morales escaped to his feet and fired a searing right cross behind a left jab, flooring his counterpart where he stood. The 22-year-old swarmed with punches, moved to the back and set his hooks, cinching the rear-naked choke after a lengthy struggle.

Rinaldi Choke Submits Herrera

World Series of Fighting and Resurrection Fighting Alliance veteran Jordan Rinaldi submitted Alvaro Herrera with a first-round shoulder choke in a preliminary lightweight clash. Herrera (9-5) bowed out 2:01 into Round 1, and somewhere, Jason Von Flue smiled.

Rinaldi (13-5) shot for a takedown after eating a left hook behind the ear and wandered into a figure-four guillotine. He escaped to side control and countered with the Von Flue choke at the base of the cage. Unable to alleviate the pressure by releasing his arm from around Rinaldi’s neck, Herrera had no choice but to tap.

The 29-year-old Rinaldi has won six of his last seven bouts.


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