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UFC Fight Night 96 results: Brandon Moreno submits Louis Smolka in huge upset first-round victory

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The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) standout Brandon Moreno filled in on short notice earlier tonight (Sat., Oct. 1, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 96 live on FOX Sports 1 from Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, to take on surging flyweight contender Louis Smolka, who was looking to add to his four-fight divisional win streak. Moreno, a World Fighting Federation (WFF) champion, was making his Octagon debut.

In an unlikely scenario, Moreno controlled the action from the very get go. Moreno wasted no time in coming out firing and making his presence felt. As Smolka went in for a standing guillotine attempt, Moreno dragged the action to the canvas and secured top control. Smolka eventually found his way back to the feet and was working for a takedown attempt before Moreno slapped in a quick guillotine attempt and started to squeeze. The Hawaiian did as much as he could to get out of the submission, but Moreno was too darn strong. He went on to capture the upset finish in Round 1.

With this win, Moreno has essentially etched himself in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight division. The 125-pound crop is as thin as it is, so this submission victory could very well land the young newcomer somewhere towards the back end of the top 15.

As for Smolka, who took a gamble against a dangerous opponent, a brief win streak should get him right back into position to challenge atop the division sometime in 2017. Remember, he’s only 25 years of age.

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