Yair Rodriguez beat Alex Caceres by in the main event of UFC Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday.
The featherweight bout was won by Rodriguez by split decision (46-49, 48-47, 48-47). The fight was the first UFC event in the state of Utah and the fans went beserk.
The fight that lasted for 5 rounds was filled with high-risk attacks but neither fighter really had to bear the brunt because they did not come in contact with them. However , Rodriguez managed quite a few unexpected moves. He kept the counter techniques from Caceres low by firing a series of off-strikes. In the last rounds, Caceres managed two takedowns and landed few punches on Rodriguez, but the fight had been won by Rodriguez. On a night short on ultra competitive fights, the main event was deserving of Fight of the Night honors.
Rodriguez (8-1) is the former The Ultimate Fighter Latin America winner and has not lost under the UFC banner. He is mixed martial artist, Taekwondo black belt and a budding star in the Mexican market.
Caceres (12-9, 1 NC) won two fights in a row coming in, including a dominant unanimous decision over Cole Miller at UFC 199 in June.
In the co-main event, Dennis Bermudez (16-5) defeated Rony Jason (14-6, 1 NC ) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27). In the first round, Bermudez gave Jason a cut in the forehead and took him down a couple of times. But Jason came out strong in the third round and managed a rear-naked choke on Bermudez. But Bermudez somehow managed to come over the top and pound on Jason.
With this, Bermudez (16-5) has now won two straight after dropping a pair in a row to Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens .Jason was fighting after a year-long drug suspension. He was tested positive for drugs test during his fight with Damon Jackson in May 2015. The bout had been declared a no contest.