Cariaso avoided a dreaded three-fight losing streak by exiting his effort with a victory in tow. Had he lost, there’s a good chance the longtime Zuffa fighter would have been looking elsewhere for employment. However, with a win – not to mention a knockout – Cariaso is back on track. The flyweight division is relatively thin so there aren’t a ton of options for “Kamikaze”, but that’s not a bad thing since it means he can make his way into position to contend for the title with a few more wins under his belt. Louis Gaudinot is available, in a similar position rankings-wise, and has some name value. As such, he would make sense as Cariaso’s next opponent.
Every win in the Octagon is important whether you’re a newcomer jerking the curtain or headliner closing the show. However, some victories cast a larger ripple than others, and the successful showings at UFC Fight Night 29 were no different in that regard. Jobs were both saved and lost, a bantamweight emerged as a likely title-contender in 2014, and one man made it clear he still has what it takes to cause problems for most of his peers. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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