The interim UFC Featherweight title is on the line as Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett face off this Saturday, Feb. 11 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. The main card will stream on ESPN+ PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Rodriguez (14-3) is a jack of all trades, as he can win fights in many ways. In his 14 wins, he has won by 5 KOs, 3 submissions, and 6 decisions. He has defeated the likes of BJ Penn, Korean Zombie, Jeremy Stephens, and Brian Ortega. Rodriguez is currently ranked No. 2 in the featherweight division. Now he gets his chance at a title and perhaps the biggest moment of his career.
Emmett (18-2) is on a five fight win streak, including his latest, a split decision victory over Calvin Kattar in June 2022. In this effort he earned a fight of the night award. Emmett has wins over Dan Ige, Mirsad Bektić, and Shane Burgos en route to this fight for the featherweight title. Emmett is currently ranked No. 5 in the division.
Rodriguez is a favorite to win this bout with -175 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, making Emmett a +150 underdog.
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.
Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett round-by-round results
Round 1: Rodriguez 10-9
Here we go, battle of top 5 featherweights for the interim title is underway. Both men starting slow, Rodriguez lands a good early kick on Emmett. Another kick lands on the body of Emmett and he’s backing up here a bit, nice work by Rodriguez. Emmett not landing as accurate, but he finally gets one to connect. Rodriguez on the ground here, Emmett taking the momentum and in the driver seat as 40 seconds approaches on the clock. Rodriguez avoids trouble at the end of the round.
Round 2: Rodriguez wins via-second round submission (4:19)
YAIR RODRIGUEZ SUBMITS JOSH EMMETT— ᴛʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴏꜰᴡᴀʀ (@TheArtOfWar6) February 12, 2023
Nice exchange here, as both land clean to start the round. Rodriguez landing big time kicks and Emmett going for a takedown, but is not successful. Emmett with a noticeable gash on his left eye and Rodriguez pouring it on here, and many different ways. Leg kicks, elbows, right hands, Rodriguez is explosive and heating up. Emmett now restricting and laying on Rodriguez. Even on his back, he’s still landing powerful hits. Rodriguez now has Emmett in a triangle arm bar! Emmett taps! This one is over!