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

By 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.

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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).

The former interim middleweight challenger, Gastelum, speaking on his YouTube channel, provided his thoughts on the upcoming battle between Rodriguez and Volkanovski:

“Yair Rodríguez versus Alex Volkanovski, happening at UFC 290… It is the fight that I am looking forward to the most. Yair Rodríguez is a really close friend of mine. We’ve actually lived in the same house together for a few months… We trained constantly together… He took the fight with ‘Korean Zombie’ why he was living with me, so we were training all the time. I remember him showing me that elbow.”

Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez

Continuing Gastelum said (h/t MMANews):

“This guy (Yair Rodriguez) has always been an incredible talent. His mentality has always been very, very different. He takes extreme calculations on how to approach each fight. For a 145er, the guy’s strength is pretty incredible. His athleticism, just the way that he moves, is not like any other ’45er I know. I know what he brings to the table… I’m not saying this is gonna be easy. I just think Yair is gonna make it look easy… I know it sounds crazy, but I think Yair is gonna make it look easy.”

Gastelum (18-8 MMA) himself is preparing for his upcoming fight with Shavkat Rakhmonov (17-0 MMA) on Saturday, September 16th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gastelum, 31, will be entering the Octagon following his most recent victory over Chris Curtis (30-10 MMA) in April of this year at UFC 287. Rakhmonov, 28, in undefeated coming into his fight with Gastelum.

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