The upcoming UFC 290 event this Saturday promises an action-packed evening with two title fights and several intriguing matchups. Let’s check out the top five fights to look out for.
5. Robbie Lawler vs. Niko Price
As Lawler prepares for his final Octagon appearance, fans won’t want to miss this legendary fighter’s last hurrah. While Lawler may not be in his prime, he still knows how to deliver an entertaining fight.
4. Jalin Turner vs. Dan Hooker
Hooker seeks to reclaim his status as a lightweight contender, and this bout might be his last chance to do so. After falling off the rankings, Hooker returned to lightweight and secured a win. A victory against the 11th-ranked Turner could reignite his career, while a loss may limit him to a gatekeeper role.
3. Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja
The first title fight of the evening, this flyweight matchup offers a highly competitive battle. Although Pantoja has defeated Moreno in the past, the latter has since become a top pound-for-pound fighter. Expect a thrilling fight and see if Pantoja can maintain his dominance over Moreno.
2. Robert Whittaker vs. Dricus Du Plessis:
Whittaker, the second-ranked middleweight, aims to solidify his position. However, Du Plessis, an unpredictable force, is eager to disrupt the division. With a potential shot at middleweight champion Israel Adesanya on the line, this tactical encounter could produce surprises.
1. Alexander Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez:
The main event and fan-favorite matchup of UFC 290. Volkanovski, the dominant featherweight champion, faces a formidable challenger in Rodriguez. Known for his dynamic striking, Rodriguez recently showcased his well-rounded skills. To retain his belt, Volkanovski must be at his best against the talented Rodriguez.