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Rodriguez wins Battle of the Spectacular
Yair Rodriguez put on a dazzling display of flashy techniques over the first two rounds of his main event bout with Alex Caceres. Despite fading over the last three rounds, the 23-year-old just about scraped a win via split decision in Salt Lake City.
Round three saw a resurgence in Caceres and while he continued with his momentum in the fourth round, keeping the fight at boxing range, Rodriguez rallied in the fifth with an impressive five minutes of output.
John Anik asked him about potential future opponents, but Rodrguez remained humble and claimed that we would take on whoever UFC wanted him to face. There will be plenty of criticism of what appeared to be a small arsenal of techniques Rodriguez utilized during the bout, but a five-round win at his age will be worth its weight in gold.
In the early phases of the bout, ‘El Pantera’ was absolutely breathtaking, but as the contest wore on his lack of sophistication with his hands became evident. If he wants to tackle the contenders at the top of the division he will need to develop his boxing a lot more.
Bermudez wants Edgar in New York
Dennis Bermudez immediately called for a fight with former lightweight champion and featherweight contender Frankie Edgar in New York, following his decision win over Rony Jason.
After evading early armbar and triangle attempts in the guard of the tricky Brazilian, Bermudez opened a cut on Jason’s forehead with an elbow and imposed his will on him for the vast majority of the contest.
Jason threatened with a rear-naked choke late in the third round, but Bermudez eventually turned back into the TUF Brazil contestant’s guard to get out of trouble. Jason couldn’t contend with Bermudez’s wrestling, top control, and grounded shots, and ….View full article