UFC Fight Night 92: Rodriguez vs Caceres full fight replay, result, recap -08/07/2016. Join us tonight on Bloody Elbow for live and detailed coverage of UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Caceres from the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT.
Former “The Ultimate Fighter” (TUF) competitors, all now competing as featherweights, make up tonight’s main and co-main event: Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres in the headliner and Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason in the penultimate bout. Supplementing the six-fight main card is a two-tier preliminary lineup boasting sturdy pairings such as Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele (welterweights) and featherweights Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri.
Live results will commence with the Fight Pass prelims at 7 p.m. ET. The full lineup and schedule follows.
(Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres
Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason
Chris Camozzi vs. Thales Leites
Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Joseph Gigliotti vs. Trevor Smith
Maryna Moroz vs. Danielle Taylor
R1: The lanky Moroz towers over Taylor as they square off in the center. Moroz cautiously inches forward behind a few straight jabs as Taylor cuts wide circles. Moroz is yet to find the mark but Taylor has barely attempted any offense as of two minutes in. Piston-like jabs from Moroz. Taylor lands an inside low kick but there’s not much on it.
Rodriguez vs Caceres Full Fight Replay, Result, Recap -08/07/2016
The crowd becomes audibly restless at the halfway mark. Flicking inside low kick from Taylor. Glancing counter from Moroz on Taylor’s overhand right. Another quick-release inside low kick from Taylor. Double jab from Moroz, then a counter left. Taylor lands an inside low kick but Moroz tags her with a one-two; the best offense of the fight thus far. Taylor lands short on an overhand right. 10-9 Moroz.
(Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele
R1: McGee saunters out of his corner and wallops Steele with a one-two, causing him to go on wobbly legs. McGee swarms him, hitting a powerful waist-lock trip and landing on Steele’s back. McGee puts both hooks in and starts fishing for the choke. He doesn’t have the right angle so he wrenches a neck crank, but the resilient Steele refuses to tap. Steele spins into McGee, then takes a knee and stands up. Steele puts McGee on the fence but he circles off and separates.
Counter left body kick lands for McGee. Now it’s Steele who rocks McGee with a one-two and puts him on the cage. McGee stays calm and separates. Steele comes forward with another heavy combination and again looks to daze McGee, albeit briefly. Steele puts him on the cage but McGee circles off. 10-10.
R2: Steele backs him off with a counter shovel punch and then fires a left to the body. Heavy counter left lands for Steele. Another left downstairs for Steele, then he doubles up on lead left hooks, landing both. Steele clinches up and puts McGee on the fence. McGee circles off and looks for a double leg, then switches to a high-crotch but Steele stays upright. McGee scores with a knee to the body and thigh; Steele glances with a left elbow.
Steele lets both hands go at close range to break the clinch and separate, then he lands a right on the reset. McGee gets stuffed on a defensive takedown attempt, then he recollects himself and finishes a double leg. Steele bounces off the canvas and McGee keeps him on the cage wall. McGee goes for a double leg but Steele lowers his level and denies it with an under-hook. McGee gets space and lands a knee to the body, then goes back to the double leg. Steele again thwarts the attempt. Steele lands a right horizontal elbow to the head. 10-9 Steele.
R3: Steele follows a one-two with a clean elbow upstairs. McGee finds another spot to sneak in a counter left body kick. Steele doubles up on lead left hooks and at least glances with the second, putting McGee back on his heels. On the next exchange, Steele lands the left hook clean and McGee counter-clinches. McGee puts Steele on the fence, looking for a respite from the standing exchanges.
McGee slows the pace just enough to lull Steele into distraction, then explodes to finish the double leg. Again, Steele is instantly back on his feet but still pressed up against the cage. The ref separates them after a moment of inactivity and they reset in the center. Steele fakes a left hook and shoots a double leg but McGee fends it off. McGee circles Steele onto the fence and looks or leverage with an under-hook. McGee’s face is covered in blood from a nasty gash on the right side. McGee stays clinched up but can’t finish the takedown. 10-9 Steele. I have it 30-28 Steele.
Court McGee defeats Dominique Steele by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Viktor Pesta vs. Marcin Tybura
R1: Tybura steps into a right cross that lands and puts Pesta back on his heels. Heavy counter from Tybura. They both land with hard left hooks. Tybura steps into another beefy right hand that may have stunned Pesta. Glancing left body kick from Tybura, then an outside low kick. Pesta lands a rear uppercut to the chest.
Tybura finds the mark with another right hand. And another in the form of a one-two. Pesta swivels his head off-center just in time to dodge a left high kick from Tybura. They both land short on right hands. Pesta scores with a check hook but Tybura answers with a left, and Pesta indicates that he thinks it was an eye poke. Tybura puts Pesta on the fence to close the round. 10-9 Tybura.
R2: Inside low kick to the upper thigh from Tybura. This time Pesta can’t duck the left shin that’s sailing toward his head, and Tybura drops him with a Cro-Copesque “cemetary kick.”
Marcin Tybura defeats Viktor Pesta by KO (left high kick) R2 0:53
Jason Novelli vs. David Teymur
R1: Teymur with an inside low kick. Novelli lands a short counter right but Teymur answers with a left body kick and a left hand. Novellip puts him on the cage but Teymur circles off and separates. Hard right/left counter from Teymur, who’s happy to backpedal and pot-shot off his back foot. Counter left lands for Teymur.
Novelli lands a body kick and Teymur answers with a low kick. They land at the same time, Novelli with an inside low kick and Teymur with a left cross, and it’s Novelli who gets knocked off balance. Glancing body kick from Teymur. Now a left cross to the body. Teymur closes the round with a spinning kick to the body. 10-9 Teymur.
R2: Glancing outside low kick from Teymur but his duck-under takedown attempt is stuffed. Novelli follows a combo into the clinch but he can’t keep quick and wily Teymur against the cage. Teymur sits down on a vicious left cross and it sends Novelli sailing backwards to the canvas. Novelli pops back up but he’s promptly sat back down with a whirlwind of leather.
David Teymur defeats Jason Novelli by TKO (punches) R2 1:25
Horacio Gutierrez vs. Teruto Ishihara
R1: Ishihara glances with a left body kick. They trade simultaneous low kicks, both landing with a loud crack. Ishihara looks for a running knee-tap but Gutierrez sidesteps it and resets. They trade inside low kicks but Ishihara’s has much more heft to it. Right body kick is there for Gutierrez. Ishihara glances with a pair of left cross counters, then they trade clean punches and high-five afterward. Gutierrez comes forward winging wide hooks and Ishihara steps back to set up a crushing left cross counter. Gutierrez goes down and Ishihara finishes him off punches.
Teruto Ishihara defeats Horacio Gutierrez by TKO (punches) R1 2:32
Fight Pass Prelims
(UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Cub Swanson
R1: Kawajiri starts off with a pair of inside low kicks from southpaw. Kawajiri goes back to orthodox and whiffs with a wild spinning back-fist. Swanson glances with a heavy overhand right. Kawajiri settles in with more traditional exchanges and Swanson dings him with a right and a left hook. Kawajiri shoots a single and Swanson escapes with a combination of strikes and limp-legging. Swanson is just off the mark with another scorching overhand right.
No dice on Swanson’s wheel kick and Kawajiri catches him with a hard left hook and a few knees while coming forward. Kawajiri gets deep on the hips and finishes a double leg, landing in Swanson’s closed half guard. Heavy pressure on Swanson’s upper chest as Kawajiri tries to pull his trapped leg through … and he does, advancing to full mount with two grapevines. “Crusher” now looks to set up a head-and-arm choke by trapping Swanson’s left arm. Swanson flirts dangerously with the choke but the gamble pays off when he regains half guard. Now back to full guard for Swanson, and he closes it. 10-9 Kawajiri.
R2: Swanson lands a right cross just as Kawajiri chops out his lead leg with a low kick. Quick left hook gets through for Swanson, then a clubbing right hand to the head. Kawajiri gets stuffed on a double leg. Glancing left round kick to the body for Kawajiri and his second unsuccessful spinning back-fist of the round. Swanson steps into a right and nearly eats a spinning back elbow. Kawajiri times a reactive takedown well but Swanson counter-wrestles his way into a reversal, then gets full back mount with both hooks in. Swanson has a rear-naked choke locked under Kawajiri’s chin but somehow the veteran guts out an escape.
Swanson lands an uppercut and, this time, Kawajiri counters with a spinning back elbow. Swanson off-balances Kawajiri with a duck-under shove but then catches him illegally with a knee to the head as he’s getting back up. We pause per foul protocol. Swanson gets by with a warning. On the restart, Swanson glances with a counter right. Another spinning counter is off the mark for Kawajiri. Swanson swats him with a right, then with a wide right/left counter. Kawajiri answers with a left hook before forcing a clinch. Kawajiri pins Swanson on the fence, looking for a high-crotch takedown. Swanson separates, dodging another spinning back-fist. 10-9 Swanson.
R3: More spinning shit from Kawajiri that’s off the mark. Swanson with a right hand and a clean outside low kick. Kawajiri fires back with a left counter but Swanson scores with consecutive rights, prompting a double-leg attempt from Kawajiri, and he finishes it. Half butterfly guard for Swanson, then full butterfly guard. He goes to feet-on-hips and boots him away, creating enough space to stand up. Kawajiri keeps him on the fence, forcing a double leg shortly after.
The determined Kawajiri gets deep on the hips and hoists Swanson before driving him to the mat. Full guard for Swanson: first he pushes off the fence for an armbar attempt, then he uses it to set up an escape. Back in open space, Swanson glances with another big right. Kawajiri shoots a takedown and then transitions into a leg lock, but a few short punches from Swanson persuade him otherwise. Swanson closes the round with a few hard rights from on top. 10-9 Swanson. I have it 29-28 Swanson.
Cub Swanson defeats Tatsuya Kawajiri by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Justin Ledet vs. Chase Sherman
R1: The uncomfortably giddy Ledet engages Sherman with nothing but a mile-wide grin to start the bout. Sherman attacks with a jab and a kick and Ledet holds his ground, firing back a one-two. Long, nasty jab from Ledet, then a clean right cross and another jab. They both connect simultaneously. Sherman cracks Ledet’s lead leg with a pair of outside low kicks, both unchecked.
Sherman with a nice outside low kick and jab combo. Now Sherman flings a three-piece flurry and closes it with a clean low kick. Ledet dings him with a straight shot upstairs. Ledet lands a jab, eats a punch and wades forward to land a knee to the body. These boys are throwin’ hard and often. Sherman counters with a right hook to the body, then a left hook upstairs. Ledet bores two long and straight punches through as the turbulent, seesaw rhythm continues. 10-10 (volume to Sherman, damage to Ledet).
R2: They pick up where they left off: Ledet slicing in with simple but straight and scorching salvos, and Sherman closing his combinations with outside low kicks. Ledet gets the better of the early exchanges though, and Sherman’s nose is flat and bloodied. Ledet, still bouncing on his toes, lets Sherman lumber toward him before forming precise counters.
Another three-punch medley to set up an outside low kick from Sherman. Ledet steps into a hard knee that plunges deep into Sherman’s midsection. The pace normalizes, mostly due to Sherman’s reduced output, but Ledet differentiates himself in this round with endless ones and one-twos. 10-9 Ledet.
R3: Ledet pivots left and cracks Sherman with a sharp left hook; it looks clean but Sherman glances to the ref as if it were an eye poke. Ledet, though still eating the occasional low kick, continues to backpedal and thread straight punches through Sherman’s defense. Sherman corners him and glances with a few clubbing shots before Ledet circles out of the corner.
Inside low kick is there for Sherman but he’s still marching straightforward into Ledet’s particularly unfriendly wheelhouse. Ledet peels off a quick counter combination, landing all shots clean and causing Sherman to respond with his version of the “that so didn’t hurt me” face. Sherman, either out of exhaustion or frustration, puts his hands on his hips, protesting Ledet’s backward circling. Ledet responds by clipping him with a left hook and circling out. Ledet goes a tad too far in the final seconds, flipping Sherman the bird while refusing to engage. 10-9 Ledet. I have it 30-28 Ledet.
Justin Ledet defeats Chase Sherman by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)