Sodiq Yusuff needed to make some mid-fight changes to knock out the legs of Alex Caceres with a purpose to earn a unanimous determination on the UFC Vegas 50 principal card.
Dedicated to his hanging all through the struggle, Yusuff actually began to attach with his kicks in direction of the top of the primary spherical which actually began to do injury on Caceres' lead leg. Yusuff caught to this technique till the top as he took the win with the judges scoring the struggle 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28, all in his favor.
“I'm really excited,” Yusuff mentioned of the win. “I used to be comfortable that I used to be in a position to get that mat time. My plan was to go to my arm and kick his arm however his stance was a bit too broad so the within [leg kicks] was a bit audible throughout fight.
Yusuff was wanting to get into his first struggle in virtually a 12 months whereas attacking Caceres each on the toes and with his grappling hook from the clinch place. Caceres defended nicely as he regarded prepared to commerce strikes whereas seeking to make the most of any openings Yusuff gave him whereas combating for place towards the cage.
Caceres was very calculated with his combos as he measured his pictures whereas Yusuff threw with ending energy behind each shot. Over time, Yusuff additionally started to combine in a sequence of punishing kicks that basically took their toll, a few of them placing Caceres on the bottom momentarily.
Realizing the injury, Yusuff actually began to focus on the lead leg with Caceres making an attempt to remain out of vary or shut the gap to keep away from extra of these kicks. Even with Caceres strolling away, Yusuff was nonetheless digging inside and outdoors the leg earlier than arising prime with his punches.
By the top of the third spherical, Yusuff had related with 40 leg kicks as he continued to chip away at Caceres' basis, which was actually the distinction within the struggle.
Back within the win column after a loss to Arnold Allen in his earlier outing, Yusuff is now aiming for a step up within the featherweight division whereas calling one other prime fighter at 145 kilos.
“I really want to test myself against the best in Arkansas,” Yusuff mentioned. “I would really like to fight Bryce Mitchell.”