After Yair Rodriguez defeated Josh Emmett at UFC 284, he was named the interim featherweight title of the UFC.
By using a triangle choke, Rodriguez (15-3) finished off Emmett at 4 minutes and 19 seconds of the second round. UFC 284 co-starred the 145-pound contest, which happened on Sunday morning local time at RAC Arena.
Because reigning champion Alexander Volkanovski (25-2) increased his weight to compete against Islam Makhachev for the lightweight title, the UFC established an interim title. In the main event of UFC 284, Volkanovski narrowly lost to Makhachev by unanimous decision.
Although Rodriguez entered the bout as the favourite, Emmett (18-3) quickly put him in danger. A right hook from Sacramento-based fighter Emmett injured Rodriguez in the first round; Rodriguez later acknowledged that the blow almost knocked him out. Emmett utilised the shot to gain the upper hand and inflict additional harm.
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In the second round, though, Rodriguez, 30, recovered and began kicking Emmett severely in the body. The shots had a noticeable impact on Emmett, who began to become a simpler target for Rodriguez’s offensive variety. He was injured shortly after by an elbow along the fence.
Later in the round, Emmett was able to take Rodriguez to the ground, but Rodriguez remained active and successfully caught the triangle off his back.
“I’ve Since I was a child, I’ve been dreaming about this occasion, Rodriguez remarked.
Rodriguez succeeds as the second champion from Mexico in UFC history. The first, two-time flyweight champion Brandon Moreno, just reclaimed his title by defeating Deiveson Figueiredo last month.
When they meet again, Volkanovski of Australia will probably try to defend his title against Rodriguez.
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