UFC Fight Night 123 turned out to be a pretty solid evening of fights. In the main event, Brian Ortega scored a comeback submission after struggling in the striking exchanges against Cub Swanson. The following is a by-the-numbers recap that highlights the stats and milestones that stood out on the main card, with stats courtesy of FightMetric.com.
For DraftKings, the highest possible score was 592.5 for a team composed of Marlon Moraes, Davi Ramos, Scott Holtzman, Andre Soukhamthath, Trevin Giles and Ortega. Moraes finished with the highest score of the night with 113.5.
Brian Ortega pulled out another comeback against Cub Swanson
Ortega was able to pull out another finish after falling behind Swanson. As impressive as his run of finishes has been, falling behind his opponents will eventually catch up to him. In his last two fights, Ortega has been outlanded 169 to 89 on significant strikes. He has only landed more significant strikes than his opponent once in his UFC career. Before getting caught in the submission, Swanson was dominating the striking. He landed 7.17 significant strikes per minute at 61 percent. Ortega will need to improve his striking defense as he faces tougher and tougher competition.
Prior to the submission, Ortega was not putting up many fantasy points. Thanks to the 70-point second-round finish bonus he finished with 82 points, with the extra 12 points coming from his 24 significant strikes.
Gabriel Benitez took Jason Knight out of his game early
Knight came out with his normal aggression. However, Benitez was quickly able to stifle that and take him out of his game. Benitez forced Knight to miss 81 percent of his significant strike attempts, which is the worst accuracy of his UFC career. On the offensive end, Benitezís tactical approach was very effective. He landed 5.67 significant strikes per minute at 44 percent.
Benitez finished with 75.5 DraftKings points based on 85 significant strikes, one pass and the decision bonus.
Marlon Moraes made quick work of Aljamain Sterling
This was a quick and devastating performance for Moraes. He was able to score a pair of knockdowns and finish the fight in a little over a minute It is the second fastest finish of his career since he joined World Series of Fighting behind only his 32-second win over Carson Beebe at WSOF 6.