UFC 290 happens this weekend. Featured on the event are a pair of electric championship fights that closed out the show, a trio of compelling pairings that rounded out the main card, and a bushel of opportunities for emerging names to shine on the prelims.
UFC 290 was positioned to be a breakthrough event for some, a career-defining moment for others, and a celebration of everything we loved and appreciated about this sport and its athletes for all those in attendance and watching at home.
Alexander Volkanovski vs Yair Rodriguez Preview
The final bout of the evening determined who reigned supreme in the featherweight division, as long-reigning titleholder Alexander Volkanovski returned to the 145-pound ranks to square off with interim champ Yair Rodriguez in a captivating title unification bout in the main event.
Volkanovski had won a dozen straight featherweight fights in the UFC, with the last five of those being championship contests. At last year's International Fight Week, the Australian cemented his place as the top man in the division — and arguably the top fighter in the sport — by putting a stamp on his rivalry with Max Holloway. After raising his stock by going up and pushing lightweight champ Islam Makhachev to his limit at UFC 284, he was back to remind folks that he was still the best in the business.
More than eight years after bursting onto the scene as a bundle of electricity and obvious upside, Rodriguez claimed the interim title with a dynamic second-round submission win over Josh Emmett. The creative Mexican dynamo presented a considerable challenge for anyone that stepped into the Octagon with him, bringing unique attacks, incredible speed, and an unpredictable approach that made him a difficult puzzle to solve.
Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja Preview
Moreno finally ended his rivalry with Deiveson Figueiredo in January, venturing to Rio de Janeiro and putting on a dominant performance against the Brazilian at UFC 284. The fight was stopped as a result of Figueiredo's eye swelling shut, and it served as a statement win for Moreno. As the interim champion following a stoppage win over Kai Kara-France the previous summer, Moreno solidified his position at the top of the division and distanced himself from his four-fight dance partner.
Pantoja returned to action at UFC 277 last summer in Dallas after nearly a year on the sidelines. He made a powerful statement by swiftly defeating Alex Perez in just 91 seconds, marking his second consecutive finish against a top-ranked opponent. This victory, along with his previous two wins, further solidified his position as the next in line to challenge for the title and established him as a perennial contender in the division.
UFC 290 Main Fight Card
UFC 290 Preliminary Card
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UFC 290 India Time and Channel | How to watch UFC 290 in India
UFC 290 main card will be live in India on Sunday, 9 July 2023, from 7:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST) on SONY SPORTS TEN 2 & SONY SPORTS TEN 2 HD, SONY SPORTS TEN 3 & SONY SPORTS TEN 3 HD (Hindi), SONY SPORTS TEN 4 & SONY SPORTS TEN 4 HD (Tamil & Telugu)
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