UFC Fight Night 237 Results: Two Mexican Superstars Upset



UFC Fight Night 237 Results: Two Mexican Superstars Upset

The UFC's first event in Mexico City since 2019 has now come and gone — and the UFC Fight Night 237 results didn't have the hometown fans feeling happy as they left the venue.

It was an up and down night for the Mexican fighters — although the UFC results that will weigh heaviest for many is that the two Mexican warriors in the main and co-main events both suffered devastating defeats. 

We will be detailing all of the UFC results last night, analyze how the results went right (and wrong) for those fighting, discuss what these victories and losses mean for the fighters.

UFC Fight Night 237 Results: Moreno Stunned in the Main Event

Moreno vs Royval

The most notable UFC Night Fight 237 results last night came in the main event, with Brandon Royval defeated hometown hero Brandon Moreno via split decision, after a tightly contested five round affair. 

While this Moreno vs Royval main event certainly a close fight, the general consensus was that the judges got the winner correct, and that Royval ultimately deserved to get his hand raised. 

In terms of excitement, the main event for UFC Fight Night 237 was clearly a contest between two world class fighters. Yet, there wasn't any notable or magical moments that allowed fans to erupt in cheers. Rather, while the Mexico City crowd was still loud throughout, they became tenser as the fight appeared to be leaning in Royval's direction.

Rodriguez vs Ortega

In another shocking UFC results for the Mexican faithful, Brian Ortega submitted Yair Rodrigez in the third round of their co-main event fight. 

Of course, Ortega is also very proud of his Mexican heritage — but it was clear that most of the crowd was rooting for Rodriguez (who was born and raised in Mexico). 

And the crowd seemed seconds away from witnessing Rodriguez knock Ortega out in the first round, after a flurry of shots from Rodriguez had Ortega reeling. Then, after Ortega managed to survive that stressful ordeal and shake off his rust, he dominated Rodriguez in the second round with his grappling — which we predicted would be a major factor in this fight — then submitted “El Pantera” with a picture-perfect arm-triangle choke early in the third round.

It was a masterful performance from Ortega, and we're eager to see where “T-City” goes from here. 

UFC Results Last Night: Everything You Need to Know 

Here are the complete UFC Fight Night 237 results, including who won each fight and how:

Main Card

  • Flyweight: Brandon Moreno vs Brandon Royval — Royval won via split decision
  • Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs Brian Ortega — Ortega won via submission (round 3, 0:58)
  • Lightweight: Daniel Zellhuber vs Francisco Prado — Zellhuber won via unanimous decision
  • Women's Strawweight: Yazmin Jauregui vs Sam Hughes — Jauregui won via unanimous decision
  • Lightweight: Manuel Torres vs Chris Duncan — Torres won via submission (round 1, 1:46)

In what was undoubtedly the best fight of the night, Daniel Zellhuber defeated Francisco Prado by unanimous decision after three rounds of absolute warfare on the main card — which is an outcome we predicted.

This was a fantastic bout, and both fighters showed a ton of heart and grit in the performance in their UFC results last night — which is why they both earned performance bonuses.


  • Bantamweight: Christian Quinonez vs Raoni Barcelos — Barcelos won via submission (round 3, 2:04)
  • Flyweight: Jesus Aguilar vs Mateus Mendonca — Aguilar won via split decision
  • Flyweight: Edgar Chairez vs Daniel Lacerda — Chairez won via submission (round 1, 2:17)
  • Lightweight: Claudio Puelles vs Fares Ziam — Ziam won via split decision
  • Flyweight: Ronaldo Rodriguez vs Denys Bondar — Rodriguez won via submission (round 2, 4:59)
  • Flyweight: Victor Altamirano vs Felipe Dos Santos — Dos Santos won via split decision
  • Featherweight: Erik Silva vs Muhammad Naimov — Naimov won via TKO (round 1, 0:44)

Mexican fighters went 3-2 during the prelims, and 6-4 throughout the entire evening. So while the UFC results can be considered successful for Mexico, most will likely remember the defeats in the main and co-main events. 

Implications of the UFC Fight Night 237 Results

There are some very intriguing implications of the UFC results last night. First of all, we imagine that Brandon Royval might have earned himself another shot at Alexandre Pantoja, the current Flyweight champion, with his upset over Brandon Moreno.

Despite Royval having lost to Pantoja back at UFC 296 in December, it seems strange that he'll get another title chance so soon. But there's really nobody else at flyweight for Pantoja to fight — and UFC 301 in Rio de Janeiro needs a main event. 

Brian Ortega might have also earned himself a title shot at the new featherweight champion, Ilia Topuria, after his impressive submission victory.

Considering that the UFC has make it very clear that they went to do a UFC event in Spain in 2024 — in order to capitalize on Topuria's massive popularity there — perhaps Ortega should prepare to fight in Europe later this year.

That does it for the UFC Fight Night 237 results! Hope you enjoyed the show in Mexico City. 

Grant Young is a sports writer from San Francisco. He has had two professional Muay Thai fights: he got knocked out in one, and got a knockout in the other. When it comes to his favorite fighters, it's Israel Adesanya, and then it's everyone else.