Can anyone stop Alexander Volkanovski at Featherweight?
That’s the question on everyone’s mind after “The Great” finished Yair Rodriguez in three rounds tonight (Sat., July 8, 2023) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights), dominating him on the canvas before stunning him on the feet and putting him away. Volkanovski dubbed “El Pantera” the most dangerous opponent he’s faced thus far, and Rodriguez lived up to that description by landing a massive headkick on the Australian champion in the third round.
Volkanovski just shrugged it off and kept pressuring, though, moving in for the kill and finishing Rodriguez moments later.
Take a look at what fans and fighters had to say about the impressive performance from Volkanovski, who still sits near the top of UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings despite a recent loss to Islam Makhachev at Lightweight.
Volk is a G.O.A.T. at 145. Calm, cool, calculated. Would love to see him against the talent at 155!! #UFC290— “Wonderboy” Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) July 9, 2023
Volks awareness of when to go and ability to drown you is world class! #UFC290— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) July 9, 2023
A wrestler from Dagestan disguised as a kickboxer from Australia— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) July 9, 2023
Volk’s understanding of his assignment position to position is extremely impressive. Where to turn, where to place weight, where to grip. It’s sharp.— Luke Thomas ️♀️ (@lthomasnews) July 9, 2023
Didn't even let the poor kid win a round, Yair tries to counter the inside leg kick of Volk with a right and tries to follow up from the same side with a kick. Recovering from the kick Volk blasts him with a pull counter of sorts with his right hand.— Feño (Ninja) (@fenoxsky) July 9, 2023
The best of the whole world. pic.twitter.com/N8yc8a1Rul
volk is so levels above everyone he fights, not even skillset wise just his fight IQ, mindset and preparation is crazy.— bradley (@OfficiallyZinq) July 9, 2023
knowing when to wrestle vs when to strike against Yair on the fly was wild #UFC290
Volk already talking that shit to Ilia Topuria too, that’s my Featherweight GOAT right there!! pic.twitter.com/Q2CxOo5s2b— TevTalksMMA (@TevTalksMMA) July 9, 2023
The greatness so clearly starts in his preparation, never complacent, always evolving. Superb ground control and caught him on the feet. Love him more after every performance. That was a perfect ending to this night for me. Team Volk for life ♥️ pic.twitter.com/373pAh1YSw— MS (@UFC_Obsessed) July 9, 2023
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