Yair Rodriguez (30, Mexico) has become the interim UFC featherweight champion.

On the 12th, in the UFC 284 co-main event featherweight provisional title match held in Perth, Australia, he defeated Josh Emmet (37, USA) with a triangle choke in 4 minutes and 19 seconds of the second round and wrapped the스포츠토토 championship belt around his waist.

Yair is a former taekwondo player. He also had a quick and sharp kick. In particular, the left-footed middle kick to Emmet’s right flank was heavy. When Emmett closes the distance and comes in, he either throws a counter punch or slips back and throws away.

Emmet is a hard puncher who won 6 KO wins with strong punches, but was originally a wrestler. When Yair kicked a knee kick, he lost his balance and fell, so he kept his top position. He hit the pounding down.

However, the match in the second round was tilted. Yair noticed that Emmett was feeling pain in his right side and landed a series of middle kicks.

Emmet couldn’t move forward because he was focusing on his flank defense. Yair took the lead, pretending to kick a middle kick, kicking a high kick, and pretending to kick a knee kick, hitting the face with his elbow.

Yair, who hit a flying knee but allowed another takedown, showed good concentration and movement even in the guard position. He hit Emmet’s head with his elbow, aimed for an arm bar, and immediately landed a triangle choco.

Yair scored his first submission win in the UFC, while also handing Emmet his first submission loss.

Yair recorded 15 wins (3 losses, 1 null) in his 19th professional fight and became the UFC interim champion. He will face off against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who is fighting for the lightweight title, in a unification title fight later.

Yair is a former TUF Latin American winner. He is evaluated as the fighter who best melted Taekwondo kick into mixed martial arts. In November 2018, he had an irregular elbow KO victory over Chansung Jung with one second left in the end.

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