In the co-main event, Brian Ortega took advantage of his opening, finishing former UFC champion Frankie Edgar in the first round. The 27-year-old from California remained unbeaten, pushing his record to 14-0 with a no-contest.
Ortega has now bested Edgar, Cub Swanson, Renato Moicano, Clay Guida and Thiago Tavares via finishes since that no-contest with Mike De La Torre back in 2014 in his Octagon debut. He had scored a stoppage win in that fight before failing a drug test.
For Edgar, a former UFC lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger, the knockout loss was the first of his career. “The Answer” had his two-fight win streak snapped, falling to 22-6-1. All of his previous five defeats had been via decision.
Sean O’Malley, who earned his UFC contract through the “Tuesday Night Contender Series,” downed Andre Soukhamthath despite suffering a serious leg injury. The 23-year-old O’Malley remained unbeaten in his career, improving to 10-0 with two wins now inside the Octagon.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski made it two straight with a decision win over Stefan Struve and Ketlen Vieira kicked off the pay-per-view main card by pulling out a split decision vs. one-time UFC title challenger Cat Zingano.