Alexander Volkanovski (25–2) and Yair Rodriguez (15–3, 1NC) are all set to unify their featherweight titles this July, as the two are reportedly set to share the Octagon at UFC 290 this July.
The report was first made by Fox Sports Australia and as per the report, Volkanovski will be pitting his 145-pound title up against Rodriguez, who is the current interim champion in the division at UFC 290, which is set to take place during the International Fight Week- on the 8th of July at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alexander Volkanovski originally wanted Makhachev rematch
“The Great” is coming off his first loss in a decade against the 155-pound titlist Islam Makhachev in the main event at UFC 284 last month via unanimous decision. Although the Aussie wanted an immediate rematch against Islam, Dana White pitted Rodriguez to unify the featherweight title with him.
“When you make a super fight, could you possibly have a better result than we did?” said White regarding Makhachev vs. Volkanovski 2 during the UFC Fight Night 220 post-fight press conference, “the entire world is arguing on who won. That’s a superfight and it delivered.”
“The only thing that could possibly be better than that is the guy who’s fighting for the interim title, comes out looking incredible, too. So now you have Yair vs. Volkanovski. We’ll see what happens with Islam and who he ends up fighting next. You have to do Yair. You have to do that fight. He came out looking like an absolute stud that night. And then you have the rematch after they both fight again. It could not have a better result… To me, the fight that makes sense is you make Yair vs. Vokanovski,” the UFC prez added. [H/T MMA Junkie]
“El Pantera” is currently on a two fight win streak, and in his latest outing, the Mexican clinched the interim belt with a 2nd round submission victory over Josh Emmett on the undercard of UFC 284.
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