UFC 290: Alexander Volkanovski Stops Yair Rodriguez In The Third Round

Alexander Volkanovski dominated Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290, as he stopped him in the third round to keep his featherweight title. 

Right from the first round the champion dominated the proceedings. Volkanovski secured a takedown, as he pressed ahead with a head and arm choke.

Some heavy ground strikes followed, as the challenger sought to keep things on his feet in a clear first round for Volkanovski. The second round was much the same.

Despite Rodriguez coming with some kicks, they didn’t penetrate Volkanovski’s superior defense. The champion got another takedown, as he leant on Rodriguez who felt the heavy weight.

And in doing so, Volkanovski landed some punishing elbows. The writing was on the wall, as the victory came in the third. Just as Rodriguez was finding some success, the challenger was countered with a right hook. 

As Rodriguez fell to the floor, the champion landed numerous blows to secure a TKO win. The victory was Volkanovski’s fifth defence, but the night was overshadowed by an injury for the champ.

Post-Fight Comments

“I knew he’d switch stance and the right hook would be good, I know I could go anywhere. I showed I can wrestle and strike with the rest of them.

“Sky is the limit. There’s a few options, I need surgery on my arm, camp was a struggle, I’ll get that as soon as I’m home and fight once more this year, I’ll squash Topuria and I still want that lightweight belt,” Volkanovski

Full Results

Alexander Volkanovski def. Yair Rodriguez via third-round TKO

Alexandre Pantoja def. Brandon Moreno via a split decision: 46-49, 48-47, 48-47

Dricus Du Plessis def. Robert Whittaker via a second-round TKO 

Dan Hooker def. Jalin Turner via a split decision: 29-28, 29-28, 28-29

Bo Nickal def. Val Woodburn via a first-round TKO 

Preliminary Card

Robbie Lawler def. Niko Price via a first-round KO 

Tatsuro Taira def. Edgar Chairez via a unanimous decision: 29-27,  29-27,  29-27

Denise Gomes def. Yazmin Jauregui via a first-round TKO

Alonzo Menifield def. Jimmy Crute via a second-round submission

Vitor Petrino def. Marcin Prachnio via a third-round submission 

Cameron Saaiman def. Terrence Mitchell via a first-round TKO

Jesus Aguilar def. Shannon Ross via a first-round knockout 

Esteban Ribovics def. Kamuela Kirk via a unanimous decision: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

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