Alexander Volkanovski exists the UFC Octagon after a title defense (Zuffa LLC)

Alexander Volkanovski’s next fight has been booked.

His opponent? None other than the formidable Yair Rodriguez, the current Interim UFC Featherweight Champion.

Hailing from Australia, Alexander Volkanovski has been a formidable force within the UFC. With a current record of 25 wins and 2 losses, the dynamic fighter has earned his reputation for his agility, striking prowess, and persistent fighting style.

Volkanovski now reigns as the current UFC Featherweight Champion and the UFC ranks him as tied for the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world alongside Islam Makhachev, further highlighting his reputation as one of the greatest UFC fighters competing today.

Volkanovski’s Last Fight: A Pound-For-Pound Battle

In his previous bout, Volkanovski showcased his versatility by stepping up in weight class to challenge the lightweight champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 284 in February 2023. The fight was held in Perth, Australia, marking a significant milestone in Volkanovski’s career as it was his bid for two-weight champion status.

Despite an impressive performance, Volkanovski faced a unanimous decision loss. Nevertheless, his valiant effort in moving up to 155 pounds garnered much admiration, showcasing his potential and determination as a fighter. It should also be noted that many fans and media members scored the fight in favor of Volkanovski, who finished the fight well after a slow first two rounds.

Volkanovski’s Next Fight: The Unification Bout

Alexander Volkanovski’s next fight is against Yair Rodriguez, the interim featherweight champion.

Rodriguez, originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, claimed the interim title after submitting Josh Emmett in a fight that also took place at UFC 284. Rodriguez boasts a record of 15 wins, 3 losses, and has been victorious in 4 of his past 5 official bouts, with his only loss coming against former champion Max Holloway.

In a recent interview with TheMacLife, Volkanovski expressed his anticipation and respect for Rodriguez, highlighting the latter’s unpredictability and dangerous arsenal of attacks. However, Volkanovski remains confident in his defensive skills and ability to control the fight.

“I’m looking at him as a real challenger — like he’s a dangerous fighter,” Volkanovski told TheMacLife. “He could be one of the most dangerous fighters I’ve fought, really. When you talk about unpredictability and knockout power and so many different tools, you need to take him really serious.

“I think I’m the best fighter in the world, so am I confident? Yeah, but I know not to take this guy lightly. He’s been dominating and looking good in his last few fights”

The bout is set to take place at T-Mobile Arena on July 8, 2023, and promises a thrilling spectacle as two top fighters contend for the unified featherweight title.

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez

Here’s a look at the tale of the tape before Alexander Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez:

MatchupAlexander VolkanovskiYair Rodriguez
Wins/Losses/Draws25-2-016-3-0 (1 NC)
Average Fight Time17:2813:11
Height5′ 6″5′ 11″
Weight145 lbs.145 lbs.
DOBSep 29, 1988Oct 06, 1992

Comparing the two fighters reveals a few intriguing details. Volkanovski is almost always at a height disadvantage when he fights in the UFC and this fight will be no different. Volkanovski enters at 5′ 6″ and wills and across from the 5′ 11″ Rodriguez at UFC 290.

Despite this, Volkanovski will have equal reach to Rodriguez with both fighters recording 71″ reach.

Betting Odds

FighterBetting OddsImplied Probability
Alexander Volkanovski-45081.8%
Yair Rodriguez+35022.2%

The latest UFC betting odds currently favor Volkanovski with odds of -450, implying an 81.8% chance of winning. On the other hand, Rodriguez comes in as the underdog at +350, indicating an approximate 22.2% chance of victory. In fractional format, the odds are 2/9 for Volkanovski and 7/2 for Rodriguez.

How to Watch Volkanovski’s Next Fight

UFC 290, featuring this title unification bout, can be viewed via ESPN+ PPV.

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FAQs about Volkanovski’s next fight

When is Alexander Volkanovski’s next fight?

Alexander Volkanovski’s next fight is on July 8, during UFC 290

What are the odds for Volkanovski’s next fight?

The odds for the fight are -410 for Volkanovski and +320 for Rodriguez.

Where can I watch Volkanovski’s next fight?

The fight can be watched via ESPN+ PPV on July 8.

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