Read about the exciting night of fights at UFC 290, as Alexander Volkanovski unifies the Featherweight belts by knocking out Yair Rodriguez. Alexandre Pantoja becomes the new men’s Flyweight champion, and Dricus Du Plessis stops former Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
| UFC 290 took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
| Alexander Volkanovski knocks out Yair Rodriguez to unify the Featherweight belts.
| Alexandre Pantoja defeats Brandon Moreno to become the new men’s Flyweight champion.
| Dricus Du Plessis stops former Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
| Ilia Topuria becomes the No. 1 contender after defeating Josh Emmett.
| Albazi is next in line for a Flyweight title shot.
| Dan Hooker fights through a broken wrist to secure a win against Jalin Turner.
| Nickal continues his impressive streak with a first-round knockout.
UFC 290 took place last night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, delivering an exciting night of fights. In the main event, Alexander Volkanovski showcased his skills by knocking out Yair Rodriguez to unify the Featherweight belts. The co-main event saw Alexandre Pantoja defeat Brandon Moreno via split-decision to become the new men’s Flyweight champion. Dricus Du Plessis also had a remarkable victory, stopping former Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
Volkanovski, after his win, revealed that he would undergo surgery to repair a lingering injury but expects to return to the Octagon by the end of the year. Ilia Topuria, the No. 1 contender, will be waiting for him in what promises to be an epic matchup between two streaking Featherweights.
In the Flyweight division, Albazi, ranked No. 3, should be next in line for a title shot since Deiveson Figueredo has moved to the Bantamweight division. Albazi is on a six-fight win streak and recently defeated former title challenger Kai Kara France.
After his victory over Robert Whittaker, Dricus Du Plessis had a heated confrontation with Middleweight champion Adesanya, setting the stage for their upcoming bout in the main event of UFC 293 in Sydney, Australia.
Dan Hooker fought through a broken wrist to secure a split-decision win against Jalin Turner. Hooker will return to the Lightweight division, and if Rafael dos Anjos decides to move back to 155 pounds, a matchup between the two could be on the cards.
Nickal continues to impress, scoring his second consecutive win inside the Octagon with a first-round knockout of Val Woodburn. It remains to be seen who his next opponent will be, as UFC matchmakers may choose to gradually increase the level of competition he faces.
|Main Event||Alexander Volkanovski||Yair Rodriguez|
|Co-Main Event||Alexandre Pantoja||Brandon Moreno|
|Dricus Du Plessis vs. Robert Whittaker||Dricus Du Plessis||Robert Whittaker|
|Ilia Topuria vs. Josh Emmett||Ilia Topuria||Josh Emmett|
|Albazi vs. Kai Kara France||Albazi||Kai Kara France|
|Dan Hooker vs. Jalin Turner||Dan Hooker||Jalin Turner|
|Nickal vs. Val Woodburn||Nickal||Val Woodburn|