By: Brandon Kaplan
Central California’s city of Fresno will be holding its first ever UFC event this coming Saturday! The main event is a an absolute barn burner between undefeated rising star and elite jiu jitsu black belt Brian Ortega and the grizzled veteran in Cub Swanson. The recent years have provided an absolute resurgence for Cub, but this could be a passing of the guard.
Cub found his career’s second wind after the current featherweight champion Max Holloway finished him by submission, and motivated him to get back to the belt by any means necessary. An arguable fight of the decade between him and the Korean Superboy Doo Ho Choi made Cub a remembered commodity in a deep and exciting division.
Ortega is one of the most elite members of the Blackhouse team, a camp that holds legends like Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. He is the new era of fighter, and beyond his brawlish ways, his impeccable submission ability makes him an absolute threat every second the fight is on the mat.
T-City is the moniker for the young gun Ortega, and it reprsents his triangle which is arguably the most secure and lethal in mixed martial arts as a whole. If Ortega grabs a limb and initiates a choke, that fight will be over very quickly, his ground game is up there with the Maia’s and Werdum’s of the organization, he simply hasn’t been able to show it against a championship level fighter.
This is a true fantasy fight for fans of barn burners on organized violence, the end result of this fight will be a culmination of blood, growth, and awe. The fans will learn if Ortega truly is the real deal, or if the problems he has encountered with his slow starting nature will come to bite him.
Cub Swanson is not the fastest starter in fights either, and both men may pace themselves early for the later rounds of this explosive five round main event. This is a gatekeeper matchup to test a young fighter seeking the 145 belt, a belt held and defended by one of the most elite fighters of all time in Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway. Regardless of result, this will be one to remember!