The UFC finally makes its long-awaited debut in Utah this weekend when UFC Fight Night 92 invades the home of the Jazz, Vivint Smart Home Arena, this Saturday night with a fun little fight card that’s flying under the radar.
The event features no superstar fighters, so it’s understandable why it’s flying under the radar, but there are still some really good fights lining the card, and fans will no doubt be in for a fun night of fights.
Here are the top five things to watch for at UFC Fight Night 92:
1) Rodriguez Meets Caceres In Exciting Main Event
The headliner of UFC Fight Night 92 is a terrific five-round featherweight bout between TUF Latin American winner Yair Rodriguez and TUF 12’s Alex Caceres. Rodriguez has quickly taken the MMA world by storm, first winning TUF and going 4-0 overall in the UFC, including a stunning KO of Andre Fili in his breakthrough performance at UFC 197.
Caceres, on the other hand, is 7-6, 1 NC since joining the UFC, bouncing around in weight classes before finally finding his home in the 145lbs division. Although neither Rodriguez or Caceres is a superstar, both men are extremely entertaining to watch, and considering this is a five-round fight, this bout has the potential to be one of the best fights of the summer if both men fight to their potential. Don’t miss this one.
2) Bermudez, Jason Clash In Featherweight Main Event
The co-main event of UFC Fight Night 92 sees TUF 14’s Dennis Bermudez take on TUF Brazil winner Rony Jason in a featherweight matchup. Bermudez is 8-3 in the UFC while Jason is 4-2, 1 NC, and both men are almost always involved in fun fights.
Still, it’s a bit curious the UFC put this fight together seeing as how Bermudez is coming off of a win while Jason is winless in his last two outings. Either way, both these guys like to finish fights, and in this grappler vs. grappler matchup, an exciting finish is likely to occur.
3) Underrated Welterweights Ponzinibbio and Cummings Square Off
Two of the most underrated welterweights on the roster will battle for 15 minutes or less as Santiago Ponzinibbio meets Zak Cummings. Both of these guys don’t get much love from the fans or media, but both men are always in high-paced, exciting fights, most of which end via stoppage.
Ponzinibbio is 4-2 in the UFC with three finishes while Cummings is 4-1 with two finishes, and going against one another, fans can expect a high-octane bout between two talented fighters who are trying to break into the top 15 of the welterweight division.
4) Entertaining Featherweight Prospect Ishihara Returns
TUF Road to Japan finalist Teruto Ishihara fights for the third time in the Octagon when he takes on Horacio Gutiérrez in a featherweight bout. It’s curious matchmaking here as Ishihara is coming off of a KO win while Gutiérrez lost his last fight, but clearly the UFC is trying to build the Japanese prospect up here.
Not only is Ishihara fun to watch inside the cage, but he’s also entertaining outside of it, as his Twitter account is one of the most entertaining (and most controversial) in the sport. A win at UFC Fight Night 92 would help him keep moving forward in his young career.
5) Swanson and Kawajiri Meet In Fight Pass Headliner
The UFC has been consistent with putting on excellent Fight Pass headliners, and it’s not different at UFC Fight Night 92 as veteran featherweights Cub Swanson and Tatsuya Kawajiri clash in what should be a surefire “Fight of the Night” candidate.
Although Swanson and Kawajiri are both on the downside of their respective careers, both men are known for putting on years of exciting fights and this one against one another should be no different. Both men need a win to stay alive in the featherweight division, and with so much on the line, this should be a fun one.
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