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UFC Fresno results & highlights: Marlon Moraes brutally knocks out Aljamain Sterling

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Check out the results and highlights from the UFC Fresno main card, including #7 bantamweight Marlon Moraes’s incredible knee KO of Aljamain Sterling.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Fresno-Moraes vs Sterling Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC Fresno main card witnessed the UFC’s #7 bantamweight Marlon Moraes score one of the gnarliest knee knockouts that you will ever see on the #8 ranked Aljamain Sterling. Scott Holtzman has put together back to back wins with his unanimous nod over Darrell Horcher, earning a 30-27 on each scorecard. Eryk Anders remained undefeated at UFC Fresno, as the former college football standout accrued a dominant decision win over Markus Perez. Opening up the main card, Benito Lopez and Albert Morales put on an exciting bantamweight bout, with each athlete having their moments, but saw Lopez walk away with the unanimous decision.

FS1 Main Card:

Marlon Moraes def. Aljamain Sterling by KO at 1:07 of round 1: Bantamweight

Moraes showed up big time on the UFC Fresno main card, by starching Sterling with a crazy well timed knee. Okay, so Moraes threw a kick and the just so happened to land; whatevs. Sterling’s lights were instantly shut off, sending him crashing to the canvas already unconscious. Wow!

Watch this incredible knockout from Moraes:

Scott Holtzman def. Darrell Horcher by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3) : Lightweight

Holtzman opened up the fight buy closing the distance behind his punches, but Horcher did a sound job of remaining vertical. Holtzman stuck with the takedown, and eventually found himself in the full guard of Horcher. Holtzman landed a set of clean knees to the body, but Horcher used the opportunity to find top position before “Hot Sauce” returned to his feet.

A short left hand from Horcher staggered Holtzman early in the second frame, resulting in a cut in the middle of Holtzman’s face. “Hot Sauce” put Horcher on his back against the fence, and then landed some flush ground strikes before Horcher stood back up. Holtzman realized another takedown, posturing up and delivering some crushing bows. The referee did not like the output of Holtzman, so he decided to stand up the fighters. Holtzman came in hot and picked up another takedown behind his punches.

Holtzman continued to pressure forward in the final frame, pressing Horcher against the fence and chipping away with shots. Another takedown was realized for Holtzman, continuously punching Horcher, but the referee again stood up the fight. Holtzman scored yet another takedown and punched away as time ran out.

Eryk Anders def. Markus Perez by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-25, 29-28): Middleweight

Anders shoved his opposition up against the cage to open up the middleweight matchup, but Perez was able to reverse the position to realize a takedown of his own. Perez muscled his way to a D’arce submission, but Anders was able to fight out of it. Anders ran after his foe in the closing moments of the round, but gave up the takedown to Perez in the process.

Anders came out with pressure to open up the 2nd round, and went on to drop Perez with a left cross. Perez quickly returned to his feet, but Anders was in pursuit with a flurry, looking for the finish. Anders found top position off of Perez falling down from throwing a body kick, and finished the round in the dominant position.

Anders found the top position right away to start the 3rd round, and connected with a big knee to the head as Perez stood to his feet. A half-hearted Guillotine attempt from Perez resulted in Anders making a home in the top of Half Guard for the rest of the round.

Check Anders unleashing some heavy leather:

Check out the highlights:

Benito Lopez def. Albert Morales by Unanimous Decisions (30-27, 29-28 x2): Bantamweight

Lopez opened this bantamweight bout with a kick to the dome of Morales, but Morales wore it well. Morales dropped Lopez with a jab, but Lopez stood right up and wobbled Morales with a head kick. A flying knee sat down Morales, and Lopez jumped on top of him searching for a mounted Guillotine. Morales scrambled back to his feet and unloaded a flurry on Lopez, connecting and ultimately taking his back standing for the remainder of the round. What a crazy round!

The pace slowed up a bit in the 2nd round, at least it did for a bit, before Lopez started kicking the body of Morales and then kicking upstairs. The pace would simmer down gain as Lopez’ output began to dwindle with Morales appearing to be the fresher fighter.

Lopez continued to go high with the head kick, each time doing damage, but each time Morales shook it off. Morales tried to press forward, but ate some accurate counter punches for his trouble. Morales started working the body down the stretch, landing teeps and body crosses alike. Morales landed a stinging left to right hook

Watch sh-t hit the fan in the opening round: