The UFC’s final “Fight Night” of the year occurs Saturday with UFC Fight Night 123, which takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.A clash of featherweight contenders goes down in the main event. Cub Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC), one of the most decorated fighters in divisional history, looks to extend his winning streak and earn a title shot while also completing the final fight on his current UFC contract when he takes on unbeaten rising start Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
The headlining matchup caps off a 13-fight lineup, which marks the UFC’s debut in Fresno. For more on the numbers behind the card, check below for 35 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 123.
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Swanson competes in his 22nd UFC/WEC featherweight bout, the most appearances in combined divisional history.
Swanson’s four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Max Holloway (11) and Darren Elkins (five).
Swanson’s 15 victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are second most in combined divisional history behind Jose Aldo (16).
Swanson’s 10 victories in UFC featherweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Holloway (14) and Darren Elkins (12).
Swanson’s six stoppage victories in UFC/WEC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in the combined divisional history behind Holloway (nine), Aldo (nine) and Urijah Faber (seven).
Swanson’s past five victories have come by decision. He hasn’t earned a stoppage since July 2013.
Swanson’s six knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Holloway (seven).
Swanson and Artem Lobov combined for 332 signifiant strikes landed at UFC Fight Night 108, the second most ever in a UFC fight behind the 334 between Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone and UFC 141.
Swanson’s 209 significant strikes landed against Lobov are the single-fight record for a UFC/WEC featherweight bout.
Swanson’s 10 fight-night bonuses for UFC/WEC featherweight bouts are the most in combined divisional history.
Swanson’s six fight-night bonuses for UFC featherweight bouts are tied with Conor McGregor and Charles Oliveira for the most in divisional history.
Ortega’s 13-fight MMA winning streak is the longest among active UFC featherweights.
Ortega’s four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (11) and Elkins (five).
Ortega has earned all four of his UFC victories by stoppage.
Ortega’s four-fight stoppage streak in UFC featherweight bouts is the longest active streak in the division.
Ortega is the only fighter UFC history to earn four consecutive third-round stoppage victories.
Remaining main cardGabriel Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned 16 of his 19 career victories by stoppage. Both of his UFC stoppage wins are by submission.
Benitez defends 70.7 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the division. Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) absorbs just 1.34 significant strikes per minute in UFC bantamweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.Marlon Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) competes in his second UFC bout in a 28-day stretch. He defeated John Dodson at UFC Fight Night 120 this past month.
Moraes has fought to a split decision in both of his UFC appearances.Scott Holtzman (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight UFC career. He was victorious in his most recent bout.Albert Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) has just one victory in his past four fights.
Preliminary cardAlexis Davis (18-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) returns to the flyweight division for the first time since November 2010. She spent her previous seven UFC fights at bantamweight.
Davis is 1-1 since she returned from a nearly two-year layoff in December 2016.
Davis has alternated wins and losses over her past five UFC appearances.
Davis has earned four of her five UFC victories by decision. Davis faces Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in a rematch of a fight she won by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 31 in November 2013.
Carmouche drops to the flyweight division for the first time in her career. She spent her previous 16 fights at bantamweight.
Carmouche is 5-5 in her past 10 professional bouts.Andre Soukhamthath (11-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has suffered all six of his career losses by decision. Both of his UFC losses are by split decision.Iuri Alcantara (34-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is 7-4 with one no-contest since he dropped to the UFC bantamweight division in January 2013.
Alcantara defeated Sanders at UFC 209 despite a -107 total strike differential (134 to 27), the second-largest deficit for a winner by stoppage in UFC history behind A. Silvas comeback against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 (-256).Chris Gruetzemacher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to the UFC lightweight division after a one-fight stint at featherweight.Antonio Braga Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to MMA competition for the first time since June 2014. He hasn’t earned a victory since June 2013.For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.