The UFC set up shop for the first time in Fresno, California from the Save Mart Center Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 123.
Brian Ortega took advantage of the main event spotlight, jumping into a guillotine choke and submitting Cub Swanson on FOX Sports 1.
Ortega showed off his skills, as he was able to get the tap from the veteran Swanson, improving to 13-0 in his career with a no-contest. The rising prospect has now finished Swanson, Renato Moicano and Clay Guida in his last three fights.
Swanson (25-8) had his four-fight win streak come to a halt. Each of his last three losses have come via submission, as UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway scored a third round victory via guillotine choke over him in 2015 and ex-UFC lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar locked in a neck crank in 2014.
In the co-main event, Gabriel Benitez got back on track with a decision vs. Jason Knight. The victory moved his record to 20-6 overall and 3-2 inside the Octagon, with Knight (20-4) suffering his second consecutive loss.
Former World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes finally showed off the skills that made him a top free agent, landing a devastating knee on Aljamain Sterling just over a minute into their bantamweight clash that ended the fight.
Moraes (20-5-1) has now won back-to-back fights after falling to Raphael Assuncao in his UFC debut. Sterling (14-3) had his two-fight win streak halted with the loss.
Scott Holtzman scored his second consecutive decision, besting Darrell Horcher in a lightweight contest. Holtman (11-2) moved his UFC record to 4-2 as he recorded six takedowns and out-landed Horcher, 137-41.
Eryk Anders, a former standout for the University of Alabama football team, remained unbeaten with a decision victory over Markus Perez. Anders is now 10-0 overall and 2-0 inside the Octagon.
Benito Lopez scored himself a decision to begin the main card, besting Albert Morales.