With the challenge of Clay Guida in front of him, Brian Ortega rose up Saturday night at UFC 199.
Ortega, a California native, found a home for a knee in the third round, dropping Guida and earning his 11th career win to stay unbeaten.
“Sometimes, it takes me a little bit longer to kick in my gears,” he said. “I was trying to push it in the first two rounds, but I didn’t want to get caught.
“If you get eager, you get sloppy. And if you get sloppy, you get knocked down.”
The bout would have been a tightly-contested one on the scorecards, but Ortega (11-0) made sure it wouldn’t matter. The finish came with just 20 seconds left in the round.
Guida was so dazed that he attempted to fight referee Herb Dean for several seconds after coming to.