UFC Fight Night 92 Bonuses: Yair Rodriguez, ‘Bruce Leeroy’ Pocket $50K

By Mike Sloan Aug 6, 2016
The mixed martial arts world largely enjoyed the main event of UFC Fight Night “Rodriguez vs. Caceres” and for good reason. Featherweights Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres did their best to impersonate a late 1980’s American Kung-Fu film, sans the cut-off jean shorts and mullets.

Rodriguez, one of the most entertaining young fighters in the world, electrified the Salt Lake City fans with an endless tsunami of spinning head kicks, crescent kicks, spinning backfists and cartwheel kicks, all the while blocking similar attacks from “Bruce Leeroy” in the process. At times the two men slugged it out, but the fight was dueled at a frantic, measured distance where the high-flying attacks came in from every angle imaginable for five full rounds.

In the end, the entertaining brawl allowed both fighters to take home an extra $50,000 for the “Fight of the Night” award.

Teruto Ishihara and Marcin Tybura never came close to fighting as long as Rodriguez, who toppled Caceres via split decision. Both men unleashed frightening knockouts, both of which could easily wind up on the majority of the MMA world’s year-end Top 10 lists for knockout of the year.

Ishihara was first up when he took on Horacio Gutierrez. The Japanese slugger dropped his foe with a left hook in the second and then finished him off with a torrent of punches moments later. Tybura, meanwhile, needed just one shot to send Viktor Pesta into next week. A left head kick at the end of a multi-punch combo sent Pesta to the canvas as stiff as a board, with his arms still up in the defensive position. The second-round KO was among the best head kick KOs in the past several years and the Swede, along with Ishihara, nabbed an additional $50K.

UFC Fight Night 92 Bonuses:

Fight of the night: Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres
Performance of the night: Teruto Ishihara
Performance of the night: Marcin Tybura

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