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Yair Rodriguez plans to make a statement in rematch with Brian Ortega at UFC Mexico City: “I don’t see why people keep thinking his shoulder just fell off for no reason”

Harry Kettle - January 20, 2024

UFC star Yair Rodriguez wants to make a statement in his upcoming rematch against Brian Ortega. On February 24 at UFC Mexico City, Yair Rodriguez will collide with Brian Ortega for the second time. The two men first met back in summer 2022, and on that occasion, Rodriguez was the man who had his hand raised. He did so after Ortega sustained a shoulder injury during a grappling exchange.

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What's next for the stars of UFC 290?

Cole Shelton - July 10, 2023

The annual International Fight Week card took place on Saturday night in Las Vegas and UFC 290 did not disappoint. In the main event, Alexander Volkanovski was defending his featherweight title against the interim champ, Yair Rodriguez. The co-main event saw Brandon Moreno looking to defend his flyweight title against Alexandre Pantoja in their third meeting.

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Yair Rodriguez issues statement following TKO loss to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 290

Fernando Quiles - July 9, 2023

Yair Rodriguez has spoken out following his UFC 290 loss against Alexander Volkanovski. Rodriguez and Volkanovski shared the Octagon in the main event of the show. This was an undisputed UFC Featherweight Championship bout. Rodriguez was the interim titleholder going into the fight. Volkanovski ended up rocking Rodriguez in the third round before taking him down to the mat. From there, Alex Volkanovski finished the fight with ground-and-pound.

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Pros react after Alex Volkanovski TKO's Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290

Chris Taylor - July 8, 2023

Tonight’s UFC 290 event was headlined by a men’s featherweight title fight between Alex Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez. Volkanovski (26-2 MMA) was returning to action for the first time since suffering a razor close decision loss to Islam Makhachev for the UFC lightweight title back in February of this year. That controversial setback had snapped the Aussie’s incredible 22-fight win streak, which included four straight title defenses at featherweight.

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UFC 290: 'Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez' Live Results and Highlights

Chris Taylor - July 8, 2023

The Octagon remains in Nevada for tonight’s UFC 290 event, a fourteen-bout fight card headlined by Alex Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez. Volkanovski (25-2 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since suffering a razor close decision loss to Islam Makhachev for the UFC lightweight title back in February. That setback snapped the Aussie’s incredible 22-fight win streak. Prior to his controversial loss to Makhachev, ‘The Great’ had successfully defended his featherweight title for a fourth time by defeating Max Holloway at UFC 276.

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UFC 290: 'Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez' Weigh-In Results - 1 Fighter Misses Weight

Susan Cox - July 7, 2023

UFC 290 takes place tomorrow, Saturday July 8th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the event is the battle between champion Alexander Volkanovski (25-2 MMA) and interim champion Yair Rodriguez (16-3 MMA).

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Brendan Schaub believes UFC 290 could prove to be “an awful night” for Mexican fans

Harry Kettle - July 7, 2023

MMA analyst and former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub isn’t sure the Mexican stars on the UFC 290 card will have much joy on Saturday night. In the mixed martial arts sphere, Brendan Schaub is an interesting character. While some respect and enjoy his analysis of the sport, others feel like he doesn’t contribute anything substantial. Either way, though, he certainly knows how to make some noise, especially if he has controversial opinions.

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Photo | Yair Rodriguez introduces custom-made featherweight belt ahead of UFC 290

Harry Kettle - July 5, 2023

Yair Rodriguez has shown off the custom-made belt he has received ahead of his title fight at UFC 290 this weekend. After winning the UFC interim featherweight championship, Yair Rodriguez knew his next task was Alexander Volkanovski. ‘The Great’ is one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the sport and this Saturday, the two will collide as they unify the gold at 145 pounds. While Volkanovski is the favorite, many believe Rodriguez has what it takes to shock the world.

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Yair Rodriguez explains what makes him “the most difficult” matchup for Alex Volkanovski: “The rival that’s more unpredictable than the rest”

Harry Kettle - July 4, 2023

Yair Rodriguez has explained what makes him a difficult match-up for Alex Volkanovski as they prepare to collide this weekend. At UFC 290, Yair Rodriguez faces the fight of his life. He will battle Alex Volkanovski in an attempt to capture the UFC bantamweight championship, a belt of which he already holds the interim version. Most fans and pundits consider him to be the underdog, as you’d imagine would be the case. Still, that isn’t going to stop him from putting his best foot forward.

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Coach expects Alexander Volkanovski to "ragdoll" Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290

Cole Shelton - June 29, 2023

Joe Lopez, the head coach of Alexander Volkanovski, is confident his pupil will successfully defend his title at UFC 290. In the main event of UFC 290, Volkanovski is returning to the featherweight division to take on Yair Rodriquez. ‘The Great’ had most recently competed at 155lbs, where he lost a close decision to Islam Makhachev for the lightweight belt. Entering UFC 290, Volkanovski is the sizeable betting favorite, and although he has said Rodriguez is the most dangerous opponent he has fought, the Aussie’s coach thinks Volkanovski will utlimately ragdoll Rodriguez.

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Kelvin Gastelum believes close friend Yair Rodriguez will “make it look easy” in UFC 290 title fight with Alex Volkanovski

Susan Cox - June 29, 2023

Kelvin Gastelum believes his close friend Yair Rodriguez will ‘make it look easy’ in his UFC 290 title fight with Alex Volkanovski. UFC 290 takes place on Saturday, July 8th at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Headlining the event is the featherweight title fight between Yair Rodriguez (16-3 MMA) and Alexander Volkanovski (25-2 MMA).

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Alex Volkanovski views UFC 290 opponent Yair Rodriguez as a “much bigger threat” than Ilia Topuria

Harry Kettle - June 28, 2023

Alex Volkanovski has explained why he considers Yair Rodriguez to be a bigger threat than Ilia Topuria as the division continues to heat up. Next month at UFC 290, Alex Volkanovski will defend his UFC featherweight championship against Yair Rodriguez. It will serve as a unification bout, given that Rodriguez is currently the interim champ.

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Alexander Volkanovski not looking past “dangerous” Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290: “He’s been dominating and looking good in his last few”

Harry Kettle - April 20, 2023

Alexander Volkanovski has said that he isn’t looking past the challenge of Yair Rodriguez when they collide at UFC 290 this summer. Following on from his dramatic collision with Islam Makhachev, Alexander Volkanovski is ready to dive right back into the Octagon. On July 8, ‘The Great’ is set to defend his UFC featherweight championship when he goes up against interim champion Yair Rodriguez.

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Donald Cerrone details the tight bond he shares with current UFC interim featherweight champion Yair Rodriguez: “He’s been a big part of my entire career”

Fernando Quiles - March 29, 2023

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has discussed his bond with interim UFC Featherweight Champion Yair Rodriguez. Cerrone and Rodriguez have been chummy over the years, and “Cowboy” says it’s due to their time training together. During a media scrum, Cerrone told reporters that he hasn’t forgotten training with “El Pantera” before the Mexican star even signed a UFC contract (via MMAJunkie.com).

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Alexander Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez targeted for UFC 290

Cole Shelton - March 13, 2023

Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez will be unifying the featherweight title this summer. According to Fox Sports Australia, Volkanovski is targeted to defend his title against the interim champ in Rodriguez at UFC 290 on July 8 which serves as International Fight Week. The event is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Yair Rodriguez admits Josh Emmett knocked him out in round one sequence: "I went into automatic mode, I don’t remember much after that"

Josh Evanoff - February 14, 2023

UFC interim featherweight champion Yair Rodriguez had to go through a lot to win the gold. ‘El Pantera’ returned to the octagon over the weekend in the co-main event of UFC 284. Standing opposite the Mexican star was Josh Emmett, who was riding a five-fight winning streak. During that stretch, ‘The Fighting Falmer’ defeated names such as Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige.

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What's next for the stars of UFC 284?

Cole Shelton - February 13, 2023

The UFC headed down under to Perth, Western Australia for UFC 284 which saw the lightweight title and the interim featherweight title up for grabs. In the main event of UFC 284, Islam Makhachev was looking to defend his lightweight title for the first time against featherweight champ, Alexander Volkanovski. The co-main event saw Yair Rodriguez battle Josh Emmett for the interim featherweight title.

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Yair Rodriguez calls for unification title fight against Alexander Volkanovski in Mexico: "That would be perfect"

Fernando Quiles - February 12, 2023

Newly minted interim UFC Featherweight Champion Yair Rodriguez wants to have his title unification fight in Mexico City. Rodriguez took on Josh Emmett in the co-main event of UFC 284 in Perth, Australia. The bout was contested for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship. Rodriguez submitted Emmett in the second stanza to lay claim to UFC gold for the first time in his pro MMA career. Now, he’s hoping to leave no doubt by becoming the undisputed 145-pound champion.

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