Yair Rodriguez used an aggressive pace and striking to outlast a game Alex Caceres in a five-round battle at UFC Fight Night 92 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rodriguez started off fast, forcing Caceres on the defensive for the first two rounds. But then when he started to fade a bit, Caceres started to mount some offence, starting with a takedown in the third round. Caceres countered Rodriguez in the fourth, but Yair used a dynamic fifth round to put the fight away from a tired Caceres.
The judges scored it 46-49, 48-47 and 48-47.
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Rodriguez and Caceres earned Fight-of-the-Night, while Marcin Tybura and Teruto Ishihara earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
In case you missed the prelims:
JUSTIN LEDET DEF CHASE SHERMAN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
CUB SWANSON DEF TATSUYA KAWAJIRI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
TERUTO ISHIHARA DEF HORACIO GUTIERREZ VIA TKO R1 2:32
DAVID TEYMUR DEF JASON NOVELLI VIA TKO R2 1:25
MARCIN TYBURA VS VIKTOR PESTA VIA TKO R2 0:53
COURT MCGEE DEF DOMINIQUE STEELE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kenai Andrews runs it down:
MARYNA MOROZ VS DANIELLE TAYLOR
WINNER: MARYNA MOROZ VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARYNA MOROZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Moroz cautiously used her boxing to keep the distance while Taylor used good footwork but did not land enough strikes. Not a barnburner, but tactically both fighters did what they had to do.
TREVOR SMITH VS JOE GIGLIOTTI
WINNER: TREVOR SMITH VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOE GIGLIOTTI VIA TKO
Andrews: Smith just dominated the overly wild Gigliotti on the ground. Not much else to be said. Great win for Smith.
SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VS ZAK CUMMINGS
WINNER: SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28,29-28,30-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VIA TKO
Andrews: Santiago overcame the surprisingly good striking of Cummings and used the right hand to pile up the points. Good win.
#12 THALES LEITES VS CHRIS CAMOZZI
WINNER: THALES LEITES VIA SUBMISSION R3 2:58
ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHRIS CAMOZZI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: I thought Camozzi would use his striking more to keep the fight standing, but Leites was on his game. Excellent win for Thales.
#8 DENNIS BERMUDEZ VS RONY JASON
WINNER: DENNIS BERMUDEZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27,30-26, 30-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DENNIS BERMUDEZ VIA TKO
Andrews: Bermudez did not gas and used his striking and wrestling to beat up Jason. Excellent win for Dennis.
#13 YAIR RODRIGUEZ VS ALEX CACERES
WINNER: YAIR RODRIGUEZ VIA SPLIT-DECISION (46-49,48-47, 48-47)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: YAIR RODRIGUEZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: These thew everything at each other and when the dust settled, Rodriguez barely won with his aggressiveness. Surprising that Yair didn’t gas that much but great performances by both fighters.