Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to FOX Sports 1 yesterday (Sat., Aug. 6, 2016) in Salt lake City, Utah, as UFC Fight Night 92 gave fight fans who packed into the Vivint Smart Home Arena plenty to talk about.
In the main event of the evening, Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres put on one heck of a show for the fans, displaying an array of fancy strikes and plenty of spinning attacks to make your head spin (see it again here).
In the end, Yair squeaked by with a split-decision victory over "Bruce Leeroy" to earn him his fifth straight win inside the Octagon.
In the co-main event, Dennis Bermudez and Rony Jason went through a bloody war for three rounds which ultimately saw "The Menace" earn the decision win (highlights).
Winner: Yair Rodriguez
Who He Should Fight Next: Jeremy Stephens
It wasn't easy, but Yair pulled out a win in Salt Lake City over a very game Caceres, who was out to put his own stamp in the division. A bout against a veteran like Stephens, though, will be a much tougher challenge for "El Pantera," and will force him to be a bit calmer and more calculated in his attack.
Plus, it will prove to the MMA world just where exactly he stands in the 145-pound weight class, as Stephens has proven to be as tough as they come.
Winner: Dennis Bermudez
Who He Should Fight Next: Cub Swanson
Bermudez earned his second straight win after dominating Rony Jason in the co-headlining act and proceeded to call out Frankie Edgar. While you have to admire his willingness to put himself out there and call for a former champion, a fight against "The Answer" simply isn't in the card for "The Menace."
Instead, I'd like to see him face off against Cub Swanson, who was also victorious in Utah with his own win over Tatsuya Kawajiri. If he manages to get a win over the longtime vet, then he can position himself for a potential fight against Edgar.
Winner: Thales Leites
Who He Should Fight Next: Rafael Natal
Thales prolonged his Octagon career by pickup up a huge submission win over Chris Camozzi in the third round (see it again here). As impressive as it may be, Leites has a long road to climb if he wants to crack the top 10 again.
A fight and subsequent win over Natal, who saw his four-fight win streak snapped by Robert Whittaker in his last outing, could perhaps push him over the hump, Plus, the BJJ black belt won't give up a submission win that easy, as he will give the former title contender a very tough night once the fight hits the ground.
For complete UFC Fight Night 92: "Rodriguez vs. Caceres" results, including real-time play-by-play updates, click here.