The UFC reportedly working on a highly anticipated featherweight bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez, set to take place on July 8 at UFC 290. This exciting matchup promises to be a clash of two talented fighters with contrasting styles, making it a must-watch event for MMA fans worldwide.
Volkanovski, who currently holds the featherweight championship title, has made a name for himself as one of the most dominant fighters in the division. With an impressive record of 25 wins and just 2 losses, he has consistently proven himself as a force to be reckoned with in the octagon. Volkanovski has successfully defended his title twice against former champion Max Holloway, Brian Ortega, and The Korean Zombie, solidifying his position as one of the best featherweight fighters in UFC history.
Volkanovski's 22-fight unbeaten record ended in his most recent contest as he suffered his first octagon loss at UFC 284 in February. To become champion-champ, Volkanovski went up a level and competed against Islam Makhachev for the lightweight championship. Volkanovski was defeated by a very close unanimous decision in the contest.
On the other hand, Rodriguez is a dynamic and unpredictable fighter who has quickly risen through the ranks of the featherweight division. With a record of 15 wins and 3 losses, he has garnered a reputation for his unorthodox striking style and high-risk maneuvers. In his last fight against Josh Emmett, “El Pantera” won via second-round submission at UFC 284 to become the interim featherweight champion.
The likelihood of the fight almost being confirmed for the event was revealed by MMA writer Ariel Helwani. The heavyweight title fight involving Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic has yet to be settled, therefore it is still uncertain if the fight would be the main event or co-main event. Helwani tweeted:
"Alex Volkanovski x Yair Rodriguez is scheduled for UFC 290 on July 8, per sources...Not signed yet but everyone is on board. Featherweight title unification bout. TBD on what will serve as the main event for that card just yet."
As the main event of their yearly International Fight Week, which includes an entire week of activities and the UFC Hall of Fame ceremony, it is a significant occasion for the company.