Brian Ortega submitted Renato Moicano via guillotine choke in the third round to rack up his fourth consecutive third round finish in the UFC.
We are lucky we even saw Brian Ortega in the octagon at UFC 214, as ‘T-City’ weighed in at 145-pounds on the buzzer on Friday afternoon at the early weigh-ins. Ortega had been out of action for a year, last fighting at UFC 199 where he stopped Clay Guida with just 20-seconds remaining, after losing the majority of the bout.
Moicano’s three year spell in the UFC had been plagued by frequent injuries, but the Brazilian bumped himself up into the featherweight rankings this April, by beating Jeremy Stephens by split decision at UFC on Fox 24. Both Moicano and Ortega came into this match-up at UFC 214 without a single loss on their professional records.
The two 145-pounders opened up going toe-to-toe on the feet. It was clear that Moicano had the advantageous hand speed, but it was ‘T-City’ who landed the harder shots at the start of the first round. Moicano’s nose was extremely bloodied up as the first round came to an end. 10-9 Ortega
In the second, Ortega displayed some excellent upper body movement. Keeping his legs stationary, he would slip many of Moicano’s strikes very effectively. Moicano increased his output in the second, landing some beautiful one-twos and finishing his combinations with body kicks. 10-9 Moicano
Come the third, Ortega varied his strikes well by targeting Moicano’s body more often in the final round. Bizarrely, Moicano attempted a takedown even though the Brazilian was more then holding his own on the feet. With his head exposed loose next to Ortega’s waist, ‘T-City’ instantly sunk in a guillotine choke and Moicano was forced to tap.
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Handing Moicano his first professional loss, Ortega improved his record to 12-0 (4-0-1 UFC) and secured his fourth consecutive third round finish.
Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano by submission (Guillotine choke), Round 3 – 2:59