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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 92’s Yair Rodriguez

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 92’s Yair Rodriguez, who will look to continue his climb this Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) inside Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tae Kwon Doe specialist, Yair Rodriguez, is set to battle with fellow kickboxer, Alex Caceres, this Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 92 inside Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rodriguez’s rise has been very impressive. The Mexican fighter ran through The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) house, winning that particular international season with a strong performance in his Octagon debut.

Since then, Rodriguez showed serious flashes of brilliance in his next two fights, a pair of decision victories. It all came together in Rodriguez’s most recent match up, as he scored a highlight reel head kick knockout. Now, Rodriguez looks to crack the 145-pound Top 10 rankings and announce himself as a player in the division.

Let’s take a closer look at the skill set of the rising star:


Rodriguez seems to be the most promising kicks-and-submissions fighter since Anthony Pettis was running through the WEC. On his feet, Rodriguez is incredibly explosive at range with a series of flashy kicks.

In order to make full use of his range game, Rodriguez maintains lots of distance between himself and his opponent. Rodriguez stays light on his feet, bouncing away from his opponent and feinting very actively. While he’s fresh, Rodriguez does a nice job of avoiding being trapped along the fence, switching directions quickly when his opponent tries to cut him off.

To start, Rodriguez attacks with lots of hard low kicks. While he doesn’t hide them with punches, Rodriguez uses feints and stance switches to accomplish the same effect. Additionally, he ….View full article

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