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UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Caceres Parting Shots

By on August 9, 2016

rodriguez caceresUFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Caceres was full of strange choices. Even the UFC-starved fans of Salt Lake City, Utah, had to kind of be scratching their heads about the prospect of Alex Caceres headlining a UFC event. Yet somehow, even on a card that was pretty thin to begin with, Cub Swanson couldn’t do any better than being in the second preliminary bout of the night?

Unfortunately, the card didn’t exactly deliver, either, with 8 of the night’s 12 bouts going the distance. Most of them weren’t exactly barn-burners, either. With very little in the way of title or rankings implications and not a lot of memorable stoppages, to boot, you have to wonder why the UFC continues to spread itself thin with these types of events…or why fans support it.

Are fans going just because they’re grateful that the UFC is finally putting an event on in their area (in this case, Salt Lake City, Utah)? If that’s the case, is the UFC brand really worth that much, when you could probably go to a regional show and find a few bigger name fighters than what were on display last weekend?

Adventures in Judging

Somehow, ringside judge Derek Cleary managed to see not just a couple of rounds for Alex Caceres, but every round in his favor. Only one major MMA writer even gave Caceres two rounds, yet Cleary somehow gave him a 49-46 scorecard? Other than the third round, what round could you even justify giving to Caceres? The only fortunate thing here is that Yair Rodriguez’s career wasn’t set back by the incompetence of judges like Cleary.

Movin’ On Up Award

Rodriguez has only lost one fight in his career and is poised to take on a bigger challenge in his next bout after beating Caceres. I almost gave this to Thales Leites, who has had a rough go of it in the past, even unfairly taking the blame for putting on a real stinker of a fight against Anderson Silva, but has come all the way back and is now making a name for himself again in the UFC.

Beautiful Loser Award

Dominique Steele lost a very close fight to Court McGee in which he landed some really good shots in the first round and competed with the UFC veteran all the way through the final bell. Even as McGee was trying to ride out the clock on a decision victory, Steele was still looking for fight-changing strikes, throwing a spinning back elbow in the final moments.

Holy $#!% Award

It wasn’t the prettiest kick ever, but Marcin Tybura landed a left high kick flush to the grill of Viktor Pesta, causing an instant “Timberrrrrrr” KO. Even better, Tybura had the presence of mind to not follow up the knockout with an unnecessary follow-up blow. Nicely done, Marcin.

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