- Alexander Volkanovski reclaims his featherweight title, proving his supremacy with a technical knockout victory over Yair Rodriguez.
- Former President Donald Trump makes a surprise appearance, adding to the electrifying atmosphere at the UFC 290.
- After a brief detour to the lightweight division, Volkanovski's triumphant return to featherweight sets his sights on setting new records.
In an exhilarating display of prowess, Alexander Volkanovski reaffirmed his standing as the featherweight champion with a third-round technical knockout victory over Yair Rodriguez during UFC 290, marking his return to the division.
Rodriguez, having assumed the interim champion status while Volkanovski dabbled in the lightweight realm, found himself bested by the Australian dynamo. Volkanovski now stands with an impressive 26-2 record, displaying no doubt about his supremacy in the featherweight division. "The sheer danger that Rodriguez posed kept me on my toes," confessed Volkanovski. "I dialed up my intensity this week out of the respect I have for him. Today, I stand as the unrivaled king of this division."
Adding to the already electrifying atmosphere, former President Donald Trump made an appearance. His entry alongside UFC President Dana White set the crowd ablaze, who was seen shaking hands with the star-studded audience including Las Vegas Raiders' defensive end, Maxx Crosby, and NBA champion Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray.
The fight saw Volkanovski asserting dominance from the get-go, pinning Rodriguez to the mat in the initial round and thus dictating the rhythm of the bout. Despite Rodriguez's valiant counter-attack in the third round, Volkanovski remained unscathed and turned the tide, decisively ending the match in his favor.
This triumphant return to the featherweight division for Volkanovski comes after a disappointing loss to the lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, which snapped his 22-fight winning streak. Volkanovski, who has a strong claim to being the greatest featherweight of all time, continues to aim for the stars. "I'm gunning for every record out there," he declared. "There's a mountain of goals still ahead."
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