Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres didn’t bring a lot of drawing power to the UFC Fight Night 92 main event on Saturday night, but they certainly brought the fireworks to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rodriguez entered the bout on a four-fight winning streak, looking to crack into the upper reaches of the featherweight division. Caceres, a five-year UFC veteran, was looking to earn his third consecutive victory.
Although Caceres immediately attacked with kicks, Rodriguez wasted no time taking over with an even more dynamic array of striking techniques.
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The Mexican fighter landed a jump kick to the body and followed with a jab that snapped Caceres’ head back, setting the tone for the rest of the fight. While Caceres didn’t back down, Rodriguez mesmerized him and the audience with a dizzying array of spinning techniques, most of which found their target.
One thing Rodriguez started in the first round was a lead-leg side kick that he sometimes attacked with, sometimes feinted with, and sometimes dropped into a stomp and used as a distraction. He kept it up throughout the fight, using it to great effect.
Caceres is one of the more dynamic fighters in the Octagon, particularly with his striking, but Rodriguez was a whirlwind of action, continuing to mix up his techniques at a high pace. Just when it seemed Caceres had timed his spinning attack, Rodriguez threw a reverse elbow or a short snapping backfist, overwhelming Caceres with shear volume.
Although Rodriguez was showing no signs of slowing with a strong opening to the third frame, Caceres forced him to slow down in the latter portion of ….View full article