The Featherweight Championship unification bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodríguez is the headline contest from UFC Fight Night 290 at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s a stacked night of action with 12 contests and two championship bouts. Rodríguez was The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight winner and interim champion and the 30-year-old gets a crack at the current UFC Featherweight champion Volkanovski.
Two-time champion Brandon Moreno gets it on with Alexandre Pantoja for the Flyweight Championship.
The pair first met in an exhibition bout back in 2016, which Pantoja won by second-round submission and they then clashed at UFC Fight Night - Maia v Usman in 2018.
Again Pantoja came out on top, this time by decision and it will be interesting to see if Cannibal can make it a hattrick of victories over Moreno.
Robert Whittaker, a former Middleweight champ takes on Dricus du Plessis in a title eliminator and one-time UFC Welterweight king Robbie Lawler will face Niko Price in a welterweight bout at the event.
|Where||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA|
|When||Saturday 8th July and Sunday 9th July|
|How to watch||TNT Sport (formally BT Sport)|
|Odds||Alexander Volkanovski 2/9, Yair Rodriguez 7/2|
The event is scheduled to get under way on Saturday 8th July, going into Sunday 9th July.
The early preliminary card begins at 23:00 on Saturday 8th July, with the preliminary card set to get underway at 01:00 on Sunday 9th July.
The main card is scheduled to start at 03:00 with Volkanovski and Rodriguez expected to make their walk to the octagon at around 05:00 on Sunday 9th July.
The action will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The venue has a capacity of 20,000 and it is home to the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team.
Many of the UFC’s biggest fight nights have been staged at the Vegas venue and it has prime location on the strip.
Three games of the 2023 Stanley Cup were held at the arena and the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the Latin Grammy Awards, and the Miss USA beauty pageant have all been housed at the T-Mobile Arena.
Yes. Both the preliminary card and the main card are available to watch on TNT Sport, the new name for BT Sport.
Yes, there are a whole host of titles up for grabs.
Volkanovski defends his UFC Featherweight Championship against interim champ Rodríguez, while Moreno and Pantoja clash for the flyweight title.
Whittaker and Du Plessis get it on in a middleweight title eliminator with the winner in line for a crack at champion Israel Adesanya.
Volkanovski is the favourite to beat Rodriguez in the main event and Moreno is the 4/7 favourite for his title bout with Pantoja.
27 fights, 25 wins (12 KOs), 2 defeats.
19 fights, 15 wins (5 KOs), 3 defeats.
29 fights, 21 wins (5 KOs), 6 defeats.
30 fights, 25 wins (8 KOs), 5 defeats.
Brandon Moreno v Alexandre Pantoja
Robert Whittaker v Dricus du Plessis
Jalin Turner v Dan Hooker
Bo Nickal v Tresean Gore
Robbie Lawler v Niko Price
Sean Brady v Jack Della Maddalena
Yazmin Jauregui v Denise Gomes
Jimmy Crute v Alonzo Menifield
Vitor Petrino v Marcin Prachnio
Cameron Saaiman v Terrence Mitchell
Shannon Ross v Jesus Santos Aguilar
Kamuela Kirk v Esteban Ribovics