To determine the undisputed champion at UFC 290 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Alexander Volkanovski and interim champion Yair Rodriguez squared off on Saturday. Rodriguez was defeated by Volkanovski in the third round
with some brutal ground and pound to retain his championship. Volkanovski concluded the night with a commanding performance.
At UFC 284 in Perth, Australia, in February, Rodriguez had won the interim belt. Volkanovski competed against Islam Makhachev for the lightweight championship on the same card but lost by a razor-thin decision. In the second round, Rodriguez submitted Josh Emmett with a triangle choke, making an excellent impression. He received the interim championship and a chance to face Volkanovski as a result.
But Volkanovski demonstrated The tight loss to Makhachev on Saturday only helped him get better; he dismantled Rodriguez from start to finish.
By defeating Brandon Moreno for the third bout in his career in the co-main event, Alexandre Pantoja won the UFC flyweight championship. Split decisions allowed Pantoja to prevail; two judges gave him scores of 48–47, while one gave Moreno an extremely large 49–46 score.
A competitive exchange occurred in the fifth round, with Moreno demonstrating his striking in the first half and Pantoja dominating with his grappling in the second. The third round was highly contested and might have gone any way.
One of the battles of the year, because to the furious and unrelenting tempo maintained throughout. The intense clash between the two combatants left its traces on their faces, demonstrating their immense heart and tenacity. In the later rounds, Pantoja almost successfully applied a rear naked choke because to his excellent grappling abilities. The event had included a number of first-round finishes, so this back-and-forth tussle added to the unforgettable memories. Even if Moreno experienced a defeat, he should be proud of turning in one of his career’s greatest efforts. Together, they produced a legendary fight that will go down in MMA history.