For further proof that fighter rankings mean nothing, look no further than Louis Smolka versus Brandon Moreno.
Going into the UFC Fight Night 96 main card, Smolka was a top ten flyweight with a 5-1 record in the Octagon. His opponent, meanwhile, was just some local dude filling in for an injured Sergio Pettis. On paper, just based on rankings alone, Smolka should’ve smoked Moreno. But alas…
As the flyweight are wont to do, these guys were up and down so quickly it was as if gravity didn’t apply. On the ground, Moreno tried to get something going from his guard, Smolka worked a brief bit of ground and pound, then they were up. But a successful takedown leaves his neck exposed, and Moreno latches on with a guillotine and gets the tap.
This sport is crazy.
Results: Brandon Moreno def. Louis Smolka via Submission (Guillotine) at 2:23, R1