In a wild five round fight, Yair Rodriguez edged past Alex Caceres by split decision on Saturday night to top the UFC Fight Night 92 card.
The 23-year-old Rodriguez was in his first ever UFC main event for Saturday’s first ever UFC card in Utah, and put forth a competitive and entertaining performance through 25 minutes to edge the fight. He’s now won five straight fights to start off his UFC run, while handing Caceres now his fourth loss over a six fight stretch, and first since returning to featherweight.
The rest of the night’s main card was mostly devoid of highlights, with a string of lengthy and fairly dull fights making the Fox Sports 1 event drag on. Though there was some fun in Dennis Bermudez’s bloody beating of Rony Jason, and in Thales Leites scoring a late submission over Chris Camozzi, the over-long FS1 broadcast was made all the more intolerable with three straight dull decisions kicking off the main card.
On the preliminary card things were a bit more exciting, with one of the better fights of the year on UFC Fight Pass and one of the top highlight reel finishes of the year on the two-hour FS1 prelims broadcast. The fight came in the form of the excellent featured prelim on Fight Pass, with Cub Swanson getting past Tatsuya Kawajiri in a really entertaining and competitive fight. As for the finish, there may not have been a better UFC knockout in 2016 than Marcin Tybura’s head kick KO over Viktor Pesta.
A couple of other finishes stood out, with David Teymur taking out Jason Novelli before calling out Sage Northcutt, while Teruto Ishihara endeared himself to the ladies he so adores with a first round stoppage over Horacio Gutierrez.
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