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UFC Fight Night results, highlights: Max Holloway outpoints Yair Rodriguez in bloody brawl

If Max Holloway needed to earn one other shot on the UFC featherweight championship, he needed to first deal with enterprise within the Octagon towards Yair Rodriguez in the primary occasion of Saturday’s UFC Struggle Evening. After 5 brutal rounds, Holloway managed to stroll out bloodied and bruised, however as a winner.

The combat opened at a blistering tempo, with Rodriguez displaying off a various vary of strikes, tagging Holloway with mixture punching in between heavy leg kicks. Because the leg kicks added up, Rodriguez started mixing in kicks to the physique and head. The opening spherical wasn’t one-way visitors, nevertheless, with Holloway touchdown a heavy proper hand that opened a nasty lower below Rodriguez’s left eye.

Holloway responded with an enormous strategic change within the second spherical, mixing in heavy mixture punching to the physique that appeared to put on on Rodriguez, who was additionally battling at his personal excessive tempo. Whereas Rodriguez continued to work over Holloway’s legs with kicks and landed the occasional energy shot to the pinnacle, his tempo slowed noticeably because the second spherical wore on.

In a third-round change, Rodriguez fell to the bottom and Holloway rapidly pounced, first forcing Rodriguez to cowl up below an onslaught of punches earlier than attacking with submissions. Holloway took the mount and landed heavy strikes till Rodriguez managed to scramble and get again to his ft, instantly blasting Holloway with heavy punches.

Whereas Holloway firmly took over management of the combat from that time ahead, persevering with to make use of grappling to place Rodriguez on the defensive in between wild hanging exchanges, Rodriguez continued to be harmful, discovering his personal spots to unload with heavy pictures.

By the ultimate horn, each males had been lower up and swollen, however the determination was a transparent one for Holloway. The official scorecards learn 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47, all for Holloway. After 5 rounds of brutal motion, Holloway’s admiration for Rodriguez was clear, saying, “All like to Yair, this man is a beast.”

Rodriguez spent the post-fight interviews being held up by his cornermen. The explanation was made clear on the ESPN+ stream when Rodriguez’s proper foot was proven hideously swollen from a kick landed halfway by means of the combat.

Whereas Holloway would clearly love a 3rd combat with Alexander Volkanovski — who holds a 2-0 report towards Holloway — and an opportunity to regain his standing as featherweight champion, his message after the combat was clear: fighters want to return to him to show their value.

“To be the most effective, it’s a must to beat the most effective,” Holloway mentioned. “And the most effective is Blessed. They’ll come after me, child.”

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