The co-main event of UFC 284 is here.
The flashy Yair Rodriguez faces off against the heavy-handed Josh Emmett for the UFC interim featherweight championship. The action takes place in Perth, Australia.
Both Rodriguez and Emmett take their time in the Octagon, not going for much strikes as they bounce around in the first minute. Rodriguez catches Emmett with a powerful body kick. Rodriguez goes for a leg kick and then another nasty kick to the body. Emmett blitzes, clipping Rodriguez with a punch on his way in. Rodriguez misses on a spinning wheel kick. Rodriguez hits Emmet with a headkick but Emmett returns fire which hurts ‘El Pantera’. Emmett topples Rodriguez on the ground.
Emmett controls Rodriguez on the ground with top position and lands a few strikes. The Mexican also lands effective shots from his back before the round ends.
Emmett connects with the chin of Rodriguez. Rodriguez returns with powerful body kicks which hurt Emmett. Emmett forces Rodriguez into the cage, looking for a takedown. Rodriguez defends it and exits the clinch. Rodriguez hurts Emmett with knees and elbows. Emmett gets hit with a headkick. Rodriguez goes for a flying knee, Emmett gets the off-balance Rodriguez down to the mat.
Rodriguez locks in a triangle from bottom position. In a matter of seconds (and a few strikes), Emmett taps out. Yair Rodriguez is your UFC interim featherweight champion.
Official result: Yair Rodriguez defeats Josh Emmett by submission (triangle choke) (R2 4:19)
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Yair Rodriguez looked INCREDIBLE tonight #UFC284 pic.twitter.com/QIzQfyDaVi— UFC (@ufc) February 12, 2023