7. Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili
Up-and-coming featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez continues to impress MMA fans with his dynamic striking arsenal, and his performance at UFC 197 this past April did just that.
Rodriguez would take on Andre Fili who was coming off of a rather impressive knockout of his own over Gabriel Benitez in November of 3015. ‘El Pantera’ came into the contest riding a three-fight win streak and looking to solidify himself as a legitimate contender in the 145-pound division.
In the second round of the fight Rodriguez jumped up and delivered a beautiful switch-kick to Fili’s head that sent him down to the canvas and ended the fight immediately. The masterful finish would earn the Mexican prospect Performance Of The Night honors.
After yet another impressive win over Alex Caceres this past August, Rodriguez has found himself slated to take on UFC Hall Of Famer BJ Penn in January. If he can continue his impressive streak of performances, Rodriguez may find himself on our list next year as well.