Post-UFC Fight Night 92 Matchmaking Predictions

Yair RodriguezThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) went to Salt Lake, City, UT, for the first time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 92: Rodriguez vs Caceres. Following the night of entertaining action, let’s take a look at a few potential match-ups featuring some of the competitors from the evening… Alex Caceres vs Myles Jury Caceres came up short in a split decision against Rodriguez in the main event for UFC Fight Night 92 in Salt Lake City this past Saturday night, snapping a two fight winning streak he had put together since moving back up to the UFC’s featherweight division. For his next outing inside the Octagon, I would like to see him take on Myles Jury, who is 0-1 at 145-pounds with a first round guillotine choke submission loss to Charles Oliveira. I think this potential featherweight showdown would make for an exciting fight and would be a good fit for the main card to November’s TUF: Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico City. Yair Rodriguez vs Brian Ortega/Hacran Dias Winner Rodriguez defeated Alex Caceres via split decision in the headliner for Fight Night 92, putting on an entertaining battle and taking home the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. For his next bout, I would like to see the Mexican superstar take on the winner of UFC Fight Night in Portland’s Ortega vs Dias bout, as I think both opponents present challenges for him and both would make for excellent match-ups. Rodriguez vs Ortega especially is a potential scrap that would get me very excited. Court McGee vs Bryan Barbarena McGee took a unanimous decision win over Dominique Steele in front of his hometown Salt Lake City crowd at UFC Fight Night 92, and for his next outing inside the Octagon, I would like to see him take on the MMA Lab’s Bryan Barbarena, who is coming off a pair of big upset victories over Warlley Alves and Sage Northcutt, respectively. I think McGee vs Barbarena is a solid pairing and a fight that makes sense in the UFC’s welterweight division. I think this potential 170-pound contest would be a good fit as the featured bout for the preliminary card to December’s TUF 24 Finale, which will be headlined by a flyweight title bout between defending champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johson and the challenger, who will be the winner of the tournament on the reality series. The event will be co-headlined by a flyweight tilt between two time UFC flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo. Santiago Ponzinibbio vs Alan Jouban This is a fight that has “fireworks” written all over it. The thought alone of this potential welterweight showdown gets me excited, as I believe the pair would produce a very entertaining fight if pitted against each other inside the Octagon. Ponzinibbio just picked up a unanimous decision win over Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 92 this past Saturday night to make it two in a row for himself inside the Octagon, and Jouban enjoys a two fight winning streak of his own, coming off a unanimous decision victory over promotional newcomer Belal Muhammad in his most recent outing. Not only is this potential 170-pound contest a recipe for pure fireworks, but it is also a match-up that makes a lot of sense, so I think any fight fan would be happy to see this welterweight barn burner booked for a future fight card. I think it would be a great fit on the preliminary card for November’s UFC 195 in New York City. It would deserve a main card slot on most cards, but I expect UFC 205 to be stacked, stacked, stacked.

Written by Gabe Killian

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