Yair Rodriguez labels himself “undisputed champion” if Alexander Volkanovski “decides not to go down to 145 pounds”

The fight between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski for the Lightweight title will probably go down in history as one of the best UFC fights ever. Yair Rodriguez became the Interim champ on the same card and was scheduled to face the 145 lb champ next. But it appears there may be some complications.

The UFC 284 main event is not as one-sided as many had expected it to be. Many felt that the fight could have gone in either fighter’s favor. New footage revealed the after-fight encounter between the two fighters who talk about a rematch in UAE. Which puts Yair’s potential title shot in jeopardy.

In a recent interview, Rodriguez discussed news regarding his upcoming fight, “Nothing. I think it’s just too soon to hear something like that. But whatever, at the end of the day, if he decides not to defend the title, that would make me the undisputed champion. Why? Because I’m going to defend the belt against somebody else, and what’s going to happen? I’m going to be the undisputed champion.”

“If he decides to come and fight at 145 pounds again, then whoever wins that fight will be the undisputed. So regardless of the situation, it’s one of those situations that are, like, you have to fight again. That’s why I didn’t want to take the Josh Emmett fight, because he’s a beast. You need to be really smart in this game because everybody’s tough in this game, everybody’s tough. Now, if Alexander Volkanovski decides not to go down to 145 pounds, then I have to fight again to get the undisputed belt,” he added.

Where does Yair Rodriguez stack up in the featherweight division?

While we want to congratulate ‘El Pantera’ for his win against a tough man like Josh Emmett, he knows what the true belt is. Max Holl0oway has defeated him in the past so the winner of Holloway vs Allen might face him too. Besides Alex himself has not announced his departure from the division so we shouldn’t speculate too far.

What do you think is next for the Featherweight division?


Amir Khosru

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A graduate in Linguistics Studies from Jahangirnagar University, hailing from the city of Khulna(Bangladesh). Currently working as a Content Writer who covers Combat Sports. Passionate in a lot of fields including (But not limited to) Reading, Gaming, Travelling, Strolling, Food, UFC, Anime, and whatnot!


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