Max Holloway puts everything on the line at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on November 13. The number one ranked featherweight takes on Yair Rodriguez who is number three on the ranking list.

Holloway is the former UFC Featherweight champion and is out to get that title back. A win over Rodriguez will improve his chances of being given a title shot against current champion Alexander Volkanovski. Losing though will see him having little to celebrate when he turns 30 in early December.

The American has been a professional MMA fighter now for 11 years. He made his UFC debut in 2012 and was the youngest fighter in the company at that time. He came into UFC 143 as a late replacement to take on Dustin Poirer and suffered a first round defeat.

His next four UFC fights were winning ones, but he then lost to Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor in 2013. It wasn’t until 2019 that he was to lose another fight in the octagon. A run of wins led to him becoming the interim featherweight champion in 2016.

Seven months later he went to Brazil and unified the featherweight title with a win over Jose Aldo. He kept that belt until being beaten by the current champion in 2019 and lost a rematch with Volkanovski the following year but only on a split decision.

January of this year saw him back in winning ways with points win over Calvin Kattar. Ten months later he’s back in the octagon and hoping to clinch a third match with Volkanovski and avenging those two defeats.

Betting on the UFC will have you on the edge of your seat. Anything can happen inside the octagon so keep your eyes on the action. Sports betting is now legal in many states and that includes Illinois with several bookies to bet with.

That includes DraftKings and they have Holloway at 1/4 to win this fight. If you think betting on Rodriguez can win you some dollars, he’s available at odds of 3/1.

Also wanting a title shot though is the third ranked Yair Rodriguez. The Mexican turned 29 earlier this month and turned professional in 2011. Three years later, Rodriguez won The Ultimate Fighter Latin American tournament.

Six fights in a row were won before being beaten by Frankie Edgar at UFC 211 four years ago. There’s only been three fights for Rodriguez since then. Those have produced two wins and a no-contest. The latter came against Jeremy Stephens in 2019 when an accidental eye poke ended the fight after just 15 seconds of round one. Rodriguez beat Stephens on a unanimous decision the following month.

The Mexican hasn’t fought since for a couple of reasons. One being an ankle injury last year, the other a drugs suspension for being unavailable for testing. He’s been eligible to compete against since March of this year. This fight against Holloway was due to take place in July but this time it was his opponent who was injured.

Finally, now the two will meet in the octagon. Rodriguez has only ten minutes and 15 seconds of action since 2017. He has a lot to prove, and a win will put him in title contention. He has a string of fight and performances of the night, so we could be in for a classic in November.

 

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