UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez – Everything You Need to Know

The UFC was one of the most awaited events of the year 290, including two title matches and a stacked card of exciting matchups. The event took place on July 8, 2023, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of International Fight Week. Here is everything you need to know about UFC 290, ranging from results, highlights, bonuses, and results.

Main Event: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez

The main event of the UFC 290 was a featherweight title unification match between champion Alexander Volkanowski and interim champion Yair Rodriguez। Volkanowski defended his belt twice against Max Holloway, while Rodriguez won the interim title by defeating Zabit Magomedasharipov in a five-round thrilling battle।

The battle was a back-and-forth battle that demonstrated the skill, heart, and cruelty of both fighters। Volkanowski used his wrestling, pressure, and striking to control speed and score points, while Rodriguez faced his dynamic kick, elbow and scuffle। Both fighters had moments of dominance and danger, but none could end the other।

After five rounds of action, the judges scored the fight for Volkanovsky 48–47, 49–46 and 49–46, Who retained their title and extended their winning streak to 21 fights। Rodriguez showed respect and sporting spirit after the fight, congratulating Volkanowski and accepting his performance।

Volknowski improved his record to 24–1 and strengthened his position as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world। He also called Ilya Topuria as his next potential challenger, saying he was impressed by his knockout win over Calvin Katar in the co-main event। Rodriguez lost 14–3 but earned much acclaim for his bold effort and exciting style।

Co-Main Event: Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja

The co-main event of UFC 290 was a flyweight title rematch between champion Brandon Moreno and challenger Alexander Pentoza। Moreno won the title by defeating Deveson Figueiredo in his second fight, while Pentoza secured his place by defeating Oscar Ascarov in the number one contender bout।

The fight was a rematch of their first bout in 2018, which Pantoja won by unanimous decision। However, this time Moreno showed his improvement and development as a fighter and dominated Pantoza with his striking, grappling and cardio। Moreno dropped Pentoza several times from his punches and lattas and also threatened to surrender him to the ground।

In the fourth round, Moreno hit a rear-naked choke that forced Pentoza to tap out, retaining his title and avenging his defeat। Moreno celebrated with his trademark smile and charisma, while Pantoza showed respect and admiration for his opponent।

Moreno improved his record to 20-5-2 and became the first Mexican-born fighter to successfully defend the UFC title। He also expressed interest in fighting Henry Sejudo, who retired in 2020 as flyweight champion। Pantoja lost 24–6 but remained one of the top contenders in the division।

UFC 290 Fight Card

The UFC 290 fight card featured 12 bouts across six weight classes, from flyweight to light heavyweight. Here are the results of all the fights:

  • Main Card
    • Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski © def. Yair Rodriguez (ic) by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
    • Flyweight: Brandon Moreno © def. Alexandre Pantoja by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:18 of round 4
    • Middleweight: Dricus du Plessis def. Robert Whittaker by knockout (punch) at 4:59 of round 1
    • Lightweight: Dan Hooker def. Jalin Turner by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    • Middleweight: Bo Nickal def. Tresean Gore by TKO (punches) at 2:32 of round 1

  • Preliminary Card
    • Welterweight: Niko Price def. Robbie Lawler by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
    • Welterweight: Jack Della Maddalena def. Josiah Harrell by TKO (punches) at 3:01 of round 2
    • Women’s Strawweight: Denise Gomes def. Yazmin Jauregui by TKO (punches) at 0:37 of round 1
    • Light Heavyweight: Jimmy Crute def. Alonzo Menifield by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Early Preliminary Card
    • Catchweight (128 lb): Edgar Chairez def. Tatsuro Taira by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    • Light Heavyweight: Marcin Prachnio def. Vitor Petrino by knockout (head kick) at 1:13 of round 1
    • Bantamweight: Terrence Mitchell def. Cameron Saaiman by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:46 of round 1
    • Flyweight: Jesus Aguilar def. Shannon Ross by submission (armbar) at 4:12 of round 2
    • Lightweight: Esteban Ribovics def. Kamuela Kirk by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC 290 Bonuses

The UFC awarded four $50,000 bonuses for the best performances of the night. The winners were:

  • Fight of the Night: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez
  • Performance of the Night: Dricus du Plessis and Denise Gomes

UFC 290 Fallout

UFC 290 was a memorable event that increased publicity and enthusiasm। The event recorded an attendance of 20,143 people and the live gate was $6,789,345। The event attracted an average of 1.2 million viewers on ESPN + pay-per-view।

The incident had many effects on the future of the UFC and its fighters। Here are some possible matchups and scenarios that may occur after UFC 290:

  • Alexander Volkanovsky may face Ilya Topuria, who is undefeated and winning a knockout win over Calvin Katar। Topuria’s style is similar to that of Volkanowski’s and may pose a threat to his title reign।
  • Yair Rodriguez may face Max Holloway, a former champion and number-one contender in the featherweight division। Both Holloway and Rodriguez are exciting strikers who have never fought before।
  • Brandon Moreno may face Henry Sejudo, a former flyweight and bantamweight champion and has expressed interest in returning to fight Moreno। Sejudo is one of the best fighters in UFC history and could challenge Moreno for his belt।
  • Alexandre Pentoza may face Deveson Figueredo, a former champion and number two contender in the flyweight division। Pentoza and Figueredo have also fought twice before, both times as Figueredo has won by decision।
  • Dricus du Plessis may face Israel Adesanya, the middleweight champion and one of the biggest stars of the UFC। Du Plessis has won the knockout in four consecutive matches and called Adesanya for the title।
  • Robert Whitaker may face Paulo Costa, the third-ranked contender in the middleweight division and win over Marvin Vettori। Both Whitaker and Costa are powerful strikers who have never fought before।
  • Dan Hooker may face Islam Makhachev, the fourth-ranked contender in the Lightweight Division and winning the submission over Daniel Skatizi। Both Hooker and Makhchev are accomplished fighters who have been challenging each other for a long time।
  • Jalin Turner may face Gregor Gillespie, the ninth-ranked contender in the lightweight division and winning over Brad Riedel from TKO। Both Turner and Gillespie are exciting fighters whose styles are opposite।
  • Bo Nickel may face Uriah Hall, who is the eighth-ranked contender in the middleweight division and is coming out after losing to Sean Strickland। Both Nickel and Hall are former wrestlers who have developed their striking skills।
  • Tresian Gore may face Brendan Allen, an Unrank middleweight fighter and winning a submission win over Chris Curtis। Both Gore and Allen are young prospects who have shown potential in their UFC careers।
  • Robbie Lawler could retire from MMA after a brilliant career, making him the welterweight champion and one of the most exciting fighters of all time। Lawler has lost five of his last six battles and has nothing left to prove in the game।
  • Nico Price may face Tim Means, an unranked welterweight fighter and winning over Nicholas Dalby। Price and Means are both fans’ favorites who always make entertaining fights।

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