The former number one contender in the flyweight division, John Moraga (13-2), returns after an unsuccessful bid at the belt. Welcoming him back to the Octagon is Dustin Ortiz (12-2) as both men look to give the other their third professional loss.
These results will be posted live. The UFC Fight Night 35 main card begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Round 1: Ortiz caught Moraga early and built a base for his strategy. The first takedown attempt was from Ortiz who couldn’t get Moraga down due to Moraga’s balance. Ortiz instead held him against the cage. Eventually, Moraga was taken down up against the cage. Ortiz stayed close to the chest of Moraga from the half guard. Moraga worked on a triangle from mission control but wasn’t able to do so. Ortiz remained on top of Moraga for the rest of the round.
Round 2: A slow start to round two let Moraga showcase his power as he followed a leg kick with a big hook that dropped Ortiz. Ortiz instinctually shot but wasn’t able to get the takedown. A nice trip from Moraga brought the fight down. Moraga grabbed Ortiz’s back and almost finished the fight with a choke but instead, Ortiz escaped and got in side control on top of Moraga. A failed takedown from Moraga helped Ortiz get on top of him. Moraga flipped from a standing position to try and shake Ortiz but it didn’t work out. Moraga finally shook Ortiz on to his back to end the round in a dominant position.
Round 3: Moraga blocked the first takedown attempt with a nicely timed sprawl. Diversity was Moraga’s key to scoring in round 3. He landed leg kicks while slipping nicely after combinations. After being hit a few times on the feet. Ortiz shot in extremely low and brought Moraga down with about two minutes left in the round. Moraga would buck but Ortiz would only change position and continue to smother. He was finally able to kick Ortiz off of him when his feet found the hips of Ortiz. Moraga looked up at the clock with just over ten seconds left and dropped down for a guillotine attempt. He had nothing on it though and Ortiz slipped out and landed a few punches to end the round.
Official Result: John Moraga defeats Dustin Ortiz via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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