UFC 290: Splendid Alexander Volkanovski stops Yair Rodriguez to retain featherweight title

UFC 290

Alexander Volkanovski splendidly halted Yair Rodriguez to hold his featherweight title at UFC 290 in Las Vegas.

Australia’s Volkanovski ruled Mexican Rodriguez prior to finishing the battle on the ground in cycle three with a whirlwind of punches at UFC 290

It is the 34-year-old’s fifth title guard since winning the belt off Max Holloway in 2019.

Volkanovski uncovered he requires a medical procedure on a physical issue after the session.

“I’ll be totally legit with you, I want a touch of a medical procedure on my arm,” said Volkanovski.

“Yet, I need that lightweight belt, I’m actually coming for that. Ilia [Topuria] flapping his gums as well, I’m returning, look out.”

In the co-headliner in Nevada, Brazil’s Alexandre Pantoja beat Mexico’s Brandon Moreno by parted choice to bring home the UFC flyweight championship at UFC 290 in a holding to and fro challenge.

Pantoja, 33, was barely out-struck by Moreno north of five rounds, however got the better of the hooking trades in a session depicted by UFC observer Daniel Cormier as “the battle of the year as yet”.

Volkanovski concretes spot as featherweight king at UFC 290

The headliner was set up at UFC 284 in February when Volkanovski barely passed up turning into a twofold boss, experiencing a focuses rout to lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

With Volkanovski’s consideration somewhere else, an in-between time featherweight title session occurred on a similar night, where Rodriguez, 30, greatly submitted Josh Emmett.

Rodriguez, close by Moreno and ladies’ flyweight champion Alexa Grasso, was one of three Mexican bosses in the UFC heading into the occasion and said in the development “Mexicans were showing the world what they’re able to do”.

In Volkanovski, notwithstanding, Rodriguez was confronting a warrior many accept to be the best featherweight ever.

The two warriors seemed loose, absorbing the climate as they advanced towards the octagon, with Volkanovski uncovering a scratch under his right eye which had been covered by a mortar during the lead-up to the battle.

Volkanovski struck first in the initial minutes, handling a takedown and controlling the remainder of the round on the ground.

Rodriguez began to open up in the subsequent round, tossing some of his unmistakable colorful kicks without arriving, before Volkanovski acquired control again with a takedown.

Blood began to pour down Rodriguez’s face as Volkanovski utilized his benefit on the ground to convey various punches and elbows.

Rodriguez began to make progress halfway through the battle, finding a permanent place to stay for his kicks which were recognized by Volkanovski with a thumbs up, before the battle finishing second came.

The hero handled a flush counter right snare prior to bringing Rodriguez down and landing rehashed punches, making the ref stop the battle.

Volkanovski honored the strange Rodriguez after the session.

“You must look for something incredible. I’m being straightforward with you, through camp there was dread there with his striking,” said Volkanovski.

“Yet, I’m the winner, the ruler of this division and no one is halting me.”

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