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