John Moraga vs. Dustin Ortiz
Round 1: Ortiz quickly takes the center of the cage. He lands a big right hand. Moraga looks for a takedown but Ortiz stuffs the attempt. Ortiz works to get Moraga to the ground. Moraga shakes off the attempt, but Ortiz presses him against the cage. He delivers knees to the thigh of Moraga. Ortiz eventually secures the takedown. He works in Moraga’s closed guard. Moraga works to control Ortiz’ posture. Ortiz not doing much except maintaining top position. He lands a few short elbows. Ortiz moves to half guard. Moraga searches fro a submission, but Ortiz lands short shots instead. The opening round was all Ortiz. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Ortiz.
Round 2: Moraga moving forward in the second frame. He lands an outside leg kick. He lands a right hand. Moraga starting to find his range. Ortiz changes stances and lands an outside leg kick. Moraga lands a left hook that wobbles Ortiz. Ortiz clinches. They’re clinched along the cage. They separate and Moraga chases Ortiz. Ortiz slips while trying to circle away. Moraga seizes the moment and gains top position. Moraga delivers elbows while Ortiz works on a single leg. Moraga takes his back and applies a rear naked choke. Ortiz escapes the submission attempt. Ortiz gains top position and moves to side control. Ortiz works to take Moraga’s back. Moraga escapes out the backdoor. They exchange. Moraga lands a right hand that wobbles Ortiz. Ortiz works for a takedown but Moraga sprawls. Ortiz transitions and tries to take Moraga’s back. Moraga rolls, but Ortiz stays with him. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Moraga.
Round 3: Moraga beating Ortiz to the punch and defending takedown attempts. He’s stopped Ortiz’ forward motion. Moraga lands a right hand. Moraga landing his jab. Ortiz catches a kick and lands a combination. Ortiz secures a takedown with two minutes left in the round. He moves to half guard. Moraga works his way back to full guard. Ortiz delivers elbows. Moraga kicks him off and stands. Ortiz looks for a takedown. Moraga shakes it off. Ortiz presses him against the cage. He lands knees to the legs of Moraga. Ortiz secures a takedown late in the round. They both hammer way at the body with punches. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Ortiz.
The judges scored the fight for Moraga by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.