UFC Fight Night 92 takes place tomorrow night in Salt Lake City and you can find our predictions for all the fights below.
Alex Caceres vs. Yair Rodriguez
These both fighters being unpredictable and creative, anything could happen in this main event match-up.
Caceres is extremely crafty with his submission game on the mat, and that could be his best route to victory here, though his striking has become more robust over his time in the UFC too.
Like his opponent, Rodriguez is a striker with real flair, but the difference between them is that the Mexican’s flashy strikes are accurate, impactful and not just for show.
Rodriguez also has a solid ground game and in general is just a more consistent fighter than his opponent, so I favor him to come out on top here, most likely on the scorecards.
Yair Rodriguez to win by decision.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason
Bermudez is a compact powerhouse with excellent wrestling and good striking to go with it, and he pushes a hard pace.
Jason is an aggressive, but reckless striker and makes up for his lack of wrestling with a dangerous submission game on the mat.
Jason is at his most dangerous early in the fight, and then becomes less of a threat later on, so I think Bermudez will be able to weather the storm and mix up his striking and takedowns to emerge victorious on the scorecards here.
Dennis Bermudez to win by decision.
Chris Camozzi vs. Thales Leites
Unlike UFC Fight Night 92’s main eventers, there’s nothing flashy about Camozzi’s game, but he’s a dependable, durable, middle-of-the-road middleweight.
Leites has always been a top class grappler, but his striking has come a long way from his early UFC career, so there’s less holes in his game these days.
If this fight stays standing then I slightly favor Camozzi as he’s more reliable in that aspect of the game, but I think Leites will be looking to press home his advantage on the mat, and I think he can find a submission finish from there at some stage in the fight.
Thales Leites to win by submission in Rd2.
Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Contrasting styles will be at play in this fight, with Ponzinibbio applying plenty of pressure with his offensive striking game, while Cummings likes to play off his opponent on the counter.
That should make it interesting in the standing exchanges and I expect Cummings will find some openings to exploit, and I also favor him if the fight goes to the mat, so I’m taking Cummings to edge out Ponzinibbio for a decision victory.
Zak Cummings to win by decision.
Joe Gigliotti vs. Trevor Smith
22 year-old Gigliotti is a talented newcomer to the UFC, and we’ll get some sense of where he’s at at this stage in his career when he goes up against the 35 year-old veteran, Smith.
Gigliotti is a major threat on the mat via both submissions and strikes, and he works with youthful enthusiasm and aggression.
Smith has something to offer in all aspects of the game, but there’s no one area he excels over his opponent other than experience, and I think Gigliotti’s higher tempo approach will pay off and lead to a TKO finish on the canvas sometime in the opening 10 minutes.
Joe Gigliotti to win by TKO in Rd2.
Maryna Moroz vs. Danielle Taylor
Taylor will be making her UFC debut after coming on two weeks notice to face Moroz, which puts her at an immediate disadvantage.
She also seems undersized from the weight class at just 5ft tall, meaning that she gives up both 7″ in height and reach to Moroz, though she is quick and has surprising power.
Nonetheless, Moroz is a very capable striker herself and I feel she has enough advantages to emerge victorious here.
Maryna Moroz to win by decision.
Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele
Viktor Pesta vs. Marcin Tybura
Jason Novelli vs. David Teymur
Horacio Gutierrez vs. Teruto Ishihara
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Cub Swanson
Justin Ledet vs. Chase Sherman