ANAHEIM — Only one undefeated fighter remains in the top 10 of the UFC’s featherweight division, and Brian Ortega made sure it wasn’t Renato Moicano.
After two competitive rounds spent almost entirely on the feet, No. 8 Ortega turned a takedown attempt from No. 9 Moicano into a guillotine choke, forcing the Brazilian to tap out for his first loss at 2:59 of the third round Saturday at the UFC 214 prelims at Honda Center.
Ranked No. 8 in the 145-pound division, Ortega (12-0, 1 NC) not only remains perfect in the UFC, but he has finished all five opponents. He also extended his UFC record with four consecutive stoppages in the third round.
After undergoing shoulder surgery in October, Ortega overcame a difficult weight cut Friday that had him stepping on the scale with one minute left at 146 pounds on the dot (given the accepted one-pound grace limit for non-title fights).
Yet after bloodying Moicano’s nose in arguably winning the opening round and a tight second round, the Lomita resident still looked fresh in the third round.
Ortega appeared to be getting the better of the exchanges in the final round. Once Moicano (11-1-1) drove for the takedown, the Gracie Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt deftly sunk in the guillotine choke, with Moicano tapping fairly quickly.
Lamas stops Knight
Ricardo Lamas put an end to the wild ride of Jason Knight in devastating fashion.
The No. 3 featherweight, who was called out by the 25-year-old Mississippi upstart, imposed his will on Knight and battered him about the Octagon, finally getting referee Mike Beltran to halt the fight after a steady barrage of ground-and-pound in the first round.
Knight had won his past four UFC fights, his last an impressive third-round TKO of Chas Skelly.
Lamas (18-5) had his number, however, getting Knight (20-3) down early and working him over. Once Knight rose to his feet, Lamas cracked him with lefts and rights.
Knight ended up on his back again, this time with Lamas pounding away and Beltran stopping the fight with 26 seconds left in the round.
Sterling shines in victory over Barao
Aljamain Sterling reeled in the biggest catch of his career against former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao.
Sterling, the eighth-ranked bantamweight, overcame some early first round danger and fought and clawed his way to a commanding unanimous decision victory (29-28, 29-27, 30-26).
The fight was contested at catch weight of 140 pounds. Barao is the 13th-ranked featherweight.
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