Wilson Reis picked up his 20th career victory Saturday night, scoring a decision over Dustin Ortiz at UFC on FOX 18.
Reis (20-6), who had his two-fight win streak snapped last May with a decision loss to Jussier Formiga, controlled Ortiz to improve to 3-2 over five Octagon appearances.
“He moves in and out a lot. My goal was to stop him a bit,” he said. “I used my striking to set up my takedowns very well. I wanted to finish with ground and pound, I wanted to finish the submission. I was trying, but couldn’t get it done.”
The 31-year-old from Brazil didn’t waste anytime making it known that he has his sights set on becoming a top contender.
“I want the winner of Joseph Benavidez and Zach Makovsky,” he said.
Ortiz (15-5) suffered his second UFC loss, falling to 3-3 overall.
“I knew I needed the third round, I just couldn’t make the adjustments I needed to take that round,” Ortiz said. “I really need to focus on being a better fighter to get me to where I want to go.”