The UFC makes its debut in Salt Lake City with a card featuring a pair of interesting, if not yet elite prospects at featherweight. There’s not much else to say about this card.
What: UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Caceres
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
When: Saturday, UFC Fight Pass has two fights starting at 7 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1’s portion of the preliminary card starts at 8 p.m. while the rest of the main card goes live at 10 p.m. ET.
Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres
I like Caceres a lot, but Rodriguez’s game is so lethal. The truth is both take chances, but a) Rodriguez doesn’t fade over the course of a fight and b) he strikes with significantly more authority. Both fighters take extraordinary risks, but I trust Rodriguez’s ability to scramble out of bad spots or create offense from there. Caceres can do that, too, but not to the same extent as Rodriguez. This is the Mexican’s fight to lose.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason
MMA’s crazy. We all know anything can happen at virtually any time. But all things being equal, I just don’t see how Jason is up to the task. Bermudez does tend to take more punishment than he needs to, but unless we’re talking about power hitters or elite technicians, Bermudez has an ability to overcome. He can wrestle, his cardio is fantastic and he’s resilient in ways that are hard to describe. I’m not saying Jason can’t win, but forced to make a pick, I don’t see how to rationally pick against Bermudez from this vantage point.
Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi
These two are fairly well matched, but Leites should still be ahead in most categories. On the ground, it shouldn’t be close, but the ….View full article
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