Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez delivered ‘Fight of the Year’!

Max Holloway finished last weekend by successfully defending his ranking against Yair Rodriguez. Catch more highlights of the Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez fight below!

Max Holloway

Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez delivered ‘Fight of the Year’!

Last week, Holloway met yet another strong opponent in the cage: Yair Rodriguez. Going into the match, the American fighter was clearly the fans’ favorite. On one side, we have Holloway, who was the former Featherweight champion. Furthermore, he just came back from an all-time grand performance against Calvin Kattar. His rival, Yair Rodriguez, hasn’t fought for two years due to his problems with the USADA.

Many have thought that he would breeze through Rodriguez easily and call it a night early, but what a surprise! Both sides went back and forth for each round, leaving everyone no clue about who could have been the winner. We often see Holloway putting pressure and trying to drown his rivals, but he couldn’t use the same tactic on Rodriguez. His strike was undoubtedly on par with Holloway.

Max Holloway

Moreover, his accuracy and speed did give Holloway trouble in the first round. Rodriguez finished the round with a more striking output than his opponent. While he did score some heavy shots, Holloway stood tall and didn’t even flinch. Holloway’s granite chin has been his savior many times during the fight. Even when he tried to land some shots and put Rodriguez on back-pedal, the Mexican fighter just kept going back with some unexpected angles attack. There was even an elbow that could knock out any other featherweights. By then, Holloway changed and moved to engage grappling to earn his path to victory.

The final winner

Most of the round points have gone to Holloway due to his better shots and grapple. Knowing Holloway’s style, we have to compliment him for trying to adjust mid-fight. When the bell rang, the judges declared him the winner via unanimous decision. For his next opponent, Holloway called out Alexander Volkanovski for a trilogy fight. On the other hand, Rodriguez received many praises for putting on such a fantastic show. We hope to see him more active in the future!