Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez both made weight for their Featherweight title unification bout (results here), which is set to headline UFC 290 tomorrow night (Sat., July 8, 2023) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. As is customary, the two talented 145-pound champions came face-to-face following the ceremonial weigh-ins.
Watch them square off in the embedded video above.
Volkanovski is in search of his fifth title defense after (just barely) coming up short in his bid to dethrone current Lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, in his previous bout. Furthermore, “The Great” is looking to stay undefeated in the 145-pound division after rattling off 16 straight victories overall in his professional career. As for Rodriguez, he aims to become the undisputed champion after winning the interim title earlier this year thanks to an impressive submission victory over Josh Emmett (highlights).
In UFC 290’s co-main event, Brandon Moreno will defend his Flyweight title against Alexandre Pantoja, who defeated “Assassin Baby” via rear-naked choke on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) in 2016, before defeating him a second time two years later in Santiago, Chile (watch it). In further action, Robert Whittaker will face Dricus Du Plessis in a Middleweight title eliminator bout.
Watch them face off below:
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