UFC 227 results: Renato Moicano drops, submits Cub Swanson in opening round

LOS ANGELES – Renato Moicano (13-1-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) picked up the biggest win of his career, proving dangerous on the feet and the floor in stopping Cub Swanson (25-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) in the first.

The featherweiwght bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 227 event at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Swanson opened the fight with a few prodding kicks to the leg, though he continued the attacks when Moicano declined to check them. Moicano was undeterred, standing firm in the pocket and looking to trade hands. Swanson happily obliged, leaping from range to make up ground on his taller foe.

Swanson showed great head movement in the pocket, though a stiff Moicano jab sent him crashing to the floor. Moicano jumped on top and tried to finish with punches, but Swanson showed great heart in scrambling to his feet. However, Moicano remained aggressive, wrapping the body and throwing his opponent to the floor and setting up in top position. Swanson tried to roll, but Moicano slipped beautifully to his back and locked in the rear-naked choke. Swanson tried desperately to peel his arms away, and though the arm wasn’t completely under the chin, he was forced to tap with 45 seconds left in the opening frame.

“I expected a three-round fight, but during our first exchange, he felt my power and I could tell he felt it, so I knew that this fight would end sooner,” Moicano said. “Cub Swanson is one of the best and this is the best win of my UFC career. I want the belt. I only said Brian Ortega’s name because he is ranked No. 1 (in the UFC), but my goal is to be world champion and I think I have earned my opportunity. My team has helped me grow into the best featherweight in the UFC. I really believe that. I want my opportunity to show that to the world.”

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