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UFC 290 Recap: Volkanovski Dominates Rodriguez, Whittaker Upset, Lawler’s Fairytale Ending

Recap of UFC 290: Volkanovski dominates Rodriguez, Whittaker upset, Lawler bids farewell. Check out the full card results and highlights from this action-packed event.

Key Points
Alexander Volkanovski dominates Yair Rodriguez with a third-round TKO
Alexandre Pantoja wins controversial split decision against Brandon Moreno
Dricus Du Plessis stuns Robert Whittaker with a second-round TKO

The highly anticipated UFC 290 event took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, concluding the International Fight Week celebrations. Despite a last-minute cancellation of a highly touted bout, the event turned out to be absolutely wild, delivering thrilling moments and unexpected outcomes.

Featherweight Title Unification Bout

The main event featured a featherweight title unification bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez. Although ‘El Pantera’ had some moments in the fight, Volkanovski once again proved himself to be one of the best in the world with a dominant third-round TKO victory.

Controversial Flyweight Title Match

In the co-main event, Alexandre Pantoja challenged Brandon Moreno for the UFC flyweight title. While Moreno landed more damage on the feet, ‘The Cannibal’ out grappled the Mexican, resulting in a controversial split decision win.

Whittaker Stunned by Du Plessis

Dricus Du Plessis faced off against former champion Robert Whittaker in a middleweight title eliminator. In a shocking upset, ‘Stillknocks’ folded Whittaker with a barrage of strikes in the second round, securing his victory.

Hooker’s Come-From-Behind Win

Dan Hooker delivered an impressive come-from-behind split decision win over Jalin Turner in an absolute barnburner of a fight.

Other Notable Results

  • Bo Nickal secured a first-round knockout victory over short-notice replacement Val Woodburn.
  • Robbie Lawler bid farewell to the octagon with a stunning knockout victory against Niko Price.
  • Tatsuro Taira defeated Edgar Chairez via unanimous decision.
  • Denise Gomes achieved a quick TKO victory over Yazmin Jauregui.
  • Alonzo Menifield submitted Jimmy Crute with a guillotine choke.

These were just a few of the thrilling moments that unfolded at UFC 290, leaving fans and the MMA community in awe.

UFC 290 Full Card Results

Main Card Result
Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez Volkanovski def. Rodriguez via TKO (4:19 of Round 3)
Pantoja vs. Moreno Pantoja def. Moreno via split decision (48-47×2, 46-49)
Du Plessis vs. Whittaker Du Plessis def. Whittaker via TKO (2:23 of Round 2)
Hooker vs. Turner Hooker def. Turner via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Nickal vs. Woodburn Nickal def. Woodburn via TKO (0:38 of Round 1)

This action-packed event showcased the incredible talent and excitement that the UFC has to offer. Stay tuned for more thrilling fights and memorable moments in the world of MMA.