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Highlights! Yair Rodriguez submits Josh Emmett to become interim champ | UFC 284

Yair Rodriguez captured UFC gold last night (Sat., Feb. 11, 2023) at UFC 284 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside RAC Arena in Perth, Australia, when the veteran fighter stopped Josh Emmett via second-round submission (triangle choke) to win the interim featherweight title.

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Rodriguez opened up with heavy body kicks to keep Emmett from entering range. Emmett was eventually able to close the distance to clip Rodriguez and then land substantial ground-and-pound.

Emmett went back to his power in the second round, but Rodriguez did serious damage with kicks and knees to the body. Rodriguez also landed a short elbow inside that really bothered Emmett. Eventually, Emmett was able to score a takedown along the cage, but Rodriguez was active off his back and set up the submission finish.

Check out the full fight video highlights below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:

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