Cub Swanson and Nate Marquardt earned wins in different kind of pressure-packed situations Saturday in two different countries.
Swanson downed Jeremy Stephens in the main event of UFC Fight Night 44 to solidify his place as the top contender to the featherweight belt. Swanson has now won six straight and will likely meet either Jose Aldo or Chad Mendes for the title next.
Marquardt, meanwhile, stopped James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 43 from New Zealand in the headline contest, snapping a three-fight losing skid and keeping his spot in the promotion.
In other action, Kelvin Gastelum and Clint Hester both remained unbeaten off their season of The Ultimate Fighter, earning wins in main card bouts. Gastelum downed Nico Musoke, while Hester took a decision over Antonio Braga Neto.
Over in New Zealand, Charles Oliveira kept his submission win streak intact with a guillotine choke on Hatsu Hioki.
UFC Fight Night 44
Cub Swanson def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Nicholas Musoke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cezar Ferreira def. Andrew Craig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Ricardo Lamas def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Clint Hester def. Antonio Braga Neto via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Ellenberger def. James Moontasri via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Colton Smith via submission (rear-naked choke) at :38 of Round 1
Cody Gibson def. Johnny Bedford via TKO (strikes) at :38 of Round 1
Marcelo Guimaraes def. Andy Enz via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Ray Borg def. Shane Howell via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:17 of Round 1
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Anthony Hamilton via submission (neck crank) at 2:18 of Round 1
UFC Fight Night 43
Nate Marquardt def. James Te Huna via submission (armbar) at 4:34 of Round 1
Jared Rosholt def. Soa Palelei via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira def. Hatsu Hioki via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:32 of Round 2
Robert Whittaker def. Mike Rhodes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jake Matthews def. Dashon Johnson via submission (triangle choke) at 3:16 of Round 3
Richie Vaculik def. Roldan Sangcha-an via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Vik Grujic def. Chris Indich via TKO (strikes) at 4:55 of Round 1
Neil Magny def. Rodrigo de Lima via KO (punch) at 2:32 of Round 2
Daniel Hooker def. Ian Entwistle via TKO (strikes) at 3:34 of Round 1
Gian Villante def. Sean O’Connell via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)