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For the first time, the Octagon made a stop in Utah Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 92.

In the main event, Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres threw everything they could at each other, with Rodriguez picking up the split decision. Rodriguez, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, kept his UFC record unbeaten with the win, landing almost 150 total strikes in the five-round affair.

This was the first main event bout for both fighters.

More featherweights were featured in the co-main event, as Dennis Bermudez scored his ninth Octagon win with a convincing decision over Rony Jason. Bermudez bloodied the Brazilian, using his wrestling to negate the explosive striking of Jason.

Thales Leites, a former title contender, choked out Chris Camozzi in the third round to snap a two-fight losing streak. In a meeting of veteran welterweights, it was Santiago Ponzinibbio coming out with his hand raised over Zak Cummings.

Trevor Smith scored a victory over Joe Gigliotti despite being the betting underdog in a middleweight affair. To open the main card, Maryna Moroz scored a split decision victory over newcomer Danielle Taylor for her third Octagon win in four appearances.

Utah’s own Court McGee, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, scored his 18th career win with a decision victory over Dominique Steele in the FS1 prelim main event. McGee landed with several takedowns and almost finished Steele in the opening seconds with a stiff right hand jab.

Marcin Tybura’s first Octagon win was that of perfection, as the heavyweight improved to 14-2 with a second round knockout of Viktor Pesta. Tybura connected with a high-kick that knocked Pesta out cold on the canvas immediately.

David Teymur earned his second finish inside the Octagon, knocking out Jason Novelli in the second round of their lightweight contest. If you haven’t heard of Teruto Ishihara, you likely will have after this. He scored a knockout victory over Horacio Gutierrez and celebrated as only he can, improving to 10-2-2 in his career.

In the featured UFC Fight Pass bout, Cub Swanson picked up his 23rd career win with a decision win over Tatsuya Kawajiri. While Kawajiri finally scored late with takedowns, Swanson showed his endurance to control the 15-minute battle and improve to 8-3 overall with the UFC.

Heavyweight Justin Ledet had a picture-perfect debut to open the night, effectively out-striking Chase Sherman and remaining unbeaten in his career with a decision win.

The attendance inside the Vivint Smart House Arena was announced at 6,689 for a live gate of $481,033.

Complete play-by-play can be found on FightLine and full results are below:

Dennis Bermudez def. Rony Jason via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Thales Leites def. Chris Camozzi via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:58 of Round 3

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Zak Cummings via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Trevor Smith def. Joe Gigliotti via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Maryna Moroz def. Danielle Taylor via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Court McGee def. Dominique Steele via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Marcin Tybura def. Viktor Pesta via KO (head-kick) at :53 of Round 2

David Teymur def. Jason Novelli via KO (strike) at 1:25 of Round 2

Teruto Ishihara def. Horacio Gutierrez via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of Round 1

Cub Swanson def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Justin Ledet def. Chase Sherman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ufc fight night 92

For the first time ever, the Octagon heads to Salt Lake City, Utah for UFC Fight Night 92.

In the main event will be a battle of up-and-coming stars, as Yair Rodriguez takes on Alex Caceres. The main card and majority of the prelims air live on FOX Sports 1 from the Vivint Smart House Arena.

Along with Rodriguez-Caceres, Dennis Bermudez battles Rony Jason, Thales Leites meets Chris Camozzi and Santiago Ponzinibbio faces Zak Cummings.

The action starts on UFC Fight Pass and features Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason

Middleweight: Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi

Welterweight: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Zak Cummings

Middleweight: Trevor Smith vs. Joe Gigliotti

Strawweight: Maryna Moroz vs. Danielle Taylor

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele

Heavyweight: Viktor Pesta vs. Marcin Tybura

Lightweight: David Teymur vs. Jason Novelli

Featherweight: Teruto Ishihara vs. Horacio Gutierrez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Heavyweight: Chase Sherman vs. Justin Ledet

ufc 202

It’s time to get on the train for UFC 202, which takes place August 20.

The UFC released an extended video preview for the event, highlighting the main event between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. These two will meet at welterweight, which is where Diaz won the first encounter via second round submission.

ufc 202

The UFC released another video promo for UFC 202 entitled “I Know You” during the UFC 201 broadcast Saturday night.

Set for August 20, the event takes place from Las Vegas and is headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor in a welterweight rematch.

ufc 201

Things got heated in “Hotlanta” Saturday night at UFC 201 and we have a complete recap for you.

For the seventh time this year, UFC gold changed hands, as Tyron Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler in the first round of their welterweight title fight Saturday night.

Woodley caught “Ruthless” clean with a right hand on the button, sending him to just his second career knockout defeat. The former University of Missouri wrestling standout became the ninth UFC welterweight champion and earned the fastest finish in division history.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz said she was ready to take the next step, and the unbeaten strawweight proved it in the co-main event vs. Rose Namajunas. Kowalkiewicz prevailed in a split decision, improving to 10-0 and likely positioning herself with a fight against fellow countrywomen Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Jake Ellenberger asked UFC president Dana White for one more chance and he took advantage, knocking down Matt Brown twice before finishing him off inside of the first round. Entering the bout 1-5 in his last six, Ellenberger landed a liver kick and followed up to score his 21st career finish.

Erik Perez and Francisco Rivera put on a 15-minute show for the fans, with Perez earning the decision. After standing and trading for 10 minutes, the two decided to go full-on to start the third. “Goyito” gained the advantage and smothered Rivera for the win.

After the UFC removed Justin Scoggins-Ian McCall, flyweights Fredy Serrano and Ryan Benoit were moved up to kickoff the pay-per-view main card. Despite Serrano, a former Olympic wrestler, controlling the side of the things, Benoit earned the decision thanks to his striking.

Nikita Krylov made his early claim for a bonus, delivering a bone-crunching head-kick that left Ed Herman out cold on the canvas. After nearly finishing the veteran in the first, Krylov connected early in the second with the picture-perfect strike.

Jorge Masvidal picked up his 30th career win, scoring a decision over Ross Pearson. This was the second fight this month for Pearson, as he also lost via decision to Will Brooks three weeks ago.

Sometimes, the heavyweight division gives us tough-to-watch fights. Anthony Hamilton wasn’t having any of that, as he knocked out Damian Grabowski in just 14 seconds to get back on track. That gives Hamilton the second-quickest KO in the division.

Wilson Reis set a new UFC flyweight record, scoring a submission win over Hector Sandoval in under two minutes. After feeling the power of Sandoval, Reis scored several takedowns before locking in a rear-naked choke for the finish.

Damien Brown showed off his striking skills, finishing Cesar Arzamendia in style with a first round TKO. Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic fought to a majority draw, as Graves claimed one score 30-27, but the other two went 28-28.

Woodley and Ellenberger each earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, while Namajunas and Kowalkiewicz were named “Fight of the Night.” The attendance was announced at 10,240 with a live gate of $1.07 million.

Complete results can be found below:

Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via KO (strikes) at 2:12 of Round 1 to become the new UFC welterweight champion

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Jake Ellenberger def. Matt Brown via TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of Round 1

Erik Perez def. Francisco Rivera via via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)

Ryan Benoit def. Fredy Serrano via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Nikita Krylov def. Ed Herman via KO (head-kick) at :40 of Round 2

Jorge Masvidal def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Anthony Hamilton def. Damian Grabowski via KO (strikes) at :14 of Round 1

Wilson Reis def. Hector Sandoval via submission (neck crank) at 1:49 of Round 1

Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic declared a majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via KO (strikes) at 2:27 of Round 1

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