Yair Rodriguez (8-1) went five rounds for the first time in his career at UFC Fight Night 92 earlier tonight (Sat. August 6, 2016) and although he slowed down considerably late in the fight, “El Pantera” held on to win a split division over Alex Caceres (12-9 1NC) inside Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Two of the judges scored the bout 48-47 for Rodriguez, with the third giving a 49-46 score to Caceres.
“It was a great experience,” Rodriguez told Jon Anik after the bout. “I think it was a good opportunity for me to see where I’m at in my division and to see where my cardio and technique goes after three rounds.”
Rodriguez, 23, showcased his full arsenal early on, but Caceres came back later on in the fight when Rodriguez’s speed and mobility began to decrease.
The crazy and high-flying techniques came fast and furious to start the opening round, which was a competitive one. Rodriguez opened up his arsenal of jump kicks, hook kicks, spinning-back fists, among several other creative combinations. The No.13-ranked UFC Featherweight went in on a takedown attempt following a combination, but could not land it. Caceres did a good job of avoiding the craziness and unorthodox nature of Rodriguez, but was not able to mount much offense.
In the second, Rodriguez pushed forward and continued to throw kick after kick, and kept up the fast pace from the first round. Caceres was mostly in retreat mode, but landed a solid left hand early in the round. He didn’t land much else though, and continued to struggle to close the distance.
The third round was highly competitive as Rodriguez”s pace began to slow and Caceres began to have some success in the striking department. “Bruce Leeroy” landed some nice combinations with a little under two ….View full article
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