Yair Rodriguez is the interim UFC Featherweight Champion
after a championship final against Josh Emmett at UFC 284.
Rodriguez (15-3) subdues Emmett with a triangle in 4
minutes , 19 seconds of the second round. The 145-pound
bout was one of the highlights of UFC 284, which took place
at the RAC Arena on Sunday morning local time. The UFC
managed an interim title as defending champion Alexander
Volkanovski (25-2) moved up in weight to challenge Islam
Makhachev for the lightweight belt. Volkanovski outbid his
bid in the main event of UFC 284, losing to Makhachev by
unanimous decision. Rodriguez went into the fight as a
favorite, but Emmett (18-3) gave him trouble early on.
Emmett, a fighter from Sacramento, injured Rodriguez with
a right hand in the first round, which Rodriguez later admitted
knocked him almost unconscious. Emmett used a jab to get