Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 92 went down last Saturday night (Aug. 6, 2016) inside Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Rony Jason, who was battered and bruised by Dennis Bermudez in the co-main event of the night (see it again here). Chris Camozzi -- who was submitted in the third round of his Middleweight showdown against former title contender Thales Leites (full recap here) -- is also headed back to the drawing board this morning.
But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover now 48 hours removed from the show? Alex Caceres.
Heading into Salt Lake City, "Bruce Leeroy" looked to pick up the biggest win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, facing off against rising Mexican prospect, Yair Rodriguez, in the headlining bout of the FOX Sports 1-televised event. Despite entertaining fans for five rounds thanks to an array of fancy moves and plenty of "spinning shit" from both men to make your head spin (highlights), Caceres didn't do enough to convince judges to give him the "W," as he ultimately came up on the wrong end of a split-decision loss.
And Caceres is well aware, admitting afterward that he could have -- and should have -- done more in the 145-pound showdown.
To watch Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres full fight video highlights from UFC 'Salt Lake' last night click here!
While the loss isn't a HUGE blow for his career moving forward, it slows down his momentum a bit after winning his previous two fights. Plus, it also prevented him from obtaining that one key victory he needs to push him over the hump and into a Top 15 ranking position.
Since making his Octagon debut in 2011, Caceres has had an up-and-down ride inside the Octagon. From starting his UFC career winless (0-2), to winning four straight, to then dropping three in a row and then reeling of two wins before running into "Pantera," it's truly been a roller coaster ride for the 28-year old.
That said, the entertaining fighter still has time on his side. And as long as he keeps wowing fans and putting on fun fights, he will always have a home with the biggest MMA promotion in the world. Sure, like any other fighter, Caceres has title aspirations. And he might be able to get there, too, if he puts in the work -- he's young and has plenty of room for improvement.
Silver lining: He didn't disappoint in his first headlining act. Though he didn't come out with the win, he undoubtedly walked away with a bigger fan base thanks to the exposure of being the main event on FOX Sports 1.
As for who he should face next, a fight against Godofredo Pepey -- who recently lost at UFC on FOX 20 to Darren Elkins -- seems fitting. Both men love to strike, and it would give Caceres a good opportunity to correct the mistakes he felt he made during his bout against Rodriguez.
Anyone have a better idea?