The Utah fans should extend a thank you to the UFC and its matchmakers.
In the first-ever UFC event in the state, the Salt Lake City crowd got an endlessly entertaining scrap between featherweight hot shots Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres. The bout was ultimately won by Rodriguez by split decision (46-49, 48-47, 48-47) on Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night 92.
Rodriguez, the top Mexican prospect, and Caceres put on a show in the first round with a dazzling array of flying kicks and knees and spinning techniques. Rodriguez, though, was the fighter getting through with the harder strikes more often in both the first and second rounds.
In the third, things seemed to change. Caceres went back to basics, using his boxing to land some damaging punches to Rodriguez. He also took Rodriguez down in the third and finished the frame there, landing punches and elbows.
It appeared at that point that Rodriguez was running out of gas, but that didn’t end up being the case. Rodriguez came back to likely win the fourth and fifth rounds. Caceres seemed spent after the third-round flurry and Rodriguez was back to his crazy kicks and spins to seal with the decision victory.
Rodriguez (8-1), the former The Ultimate Fighter Latin America winner, has not lost under the UFC banner is a budding star, especially in the Mexican market. The promotion certainly has big plans for one of its top up-and-coming fighters — and maybe its most exciting.
Caceres (12-9, 1 NC) won two fights in a row coming in, including a dominant unanimous decision over Cole Miller at UFC 199 in June.
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