Yair Rodriguez explains what makes him “the most difficult” matchup for Alex Volkanovski: “The rival that’s more unpredictable than the rest”

By Harry Kettle - July 4, 2023

Yair Rodriguez has explained what makes him a difficult match-up for Alex Volkanovski as they prepare to collide this weekend.

Yair Rodriguez

At UFC 290, Yair Rodriguez faces the fight of his life. He will battle Alex Volkanovski in an attempt to capture the UFC bantamweight championship, a belt of which he already holds the interim version. Most fans and pundits consider him to be the underdog, as you’d imagine would be the case. Still, that isn’t going to stop him from putting his best foot forward.


Rodriguez is a complicated fighter and he’s also an incredibly difficult one to tackle. Even Max Holloway had some problems. In equal measure, Yair isn’t afraid of anyone – even Volkanovski, seen as the pound-for-pound best competitor in the game.

In a recent interview, the Mexican sensation spoke candidly about the next step in his journey.

“I don’t know if I’m the most dangerous or not, but I just think I’m the rival that can change styles, the rival that’s more unpredictable than the rest, the rival that’s going to be the most difficult to compete against,” Rodriguez told MMA Junkie in Spanish.

Rodriguez gets ready for war

“I’m that rival. He won’t know if I’m coming out southpaw or orthodox, if I’m going to throw a submission, if I’m going to wrestle. It’s unknown. Often times, these styles are very set in specific ways, you already know what’s coming. I have the ability to change my fighting style to my advantage depending on my opponent. I think that’s what’s going to be difficult for Alexander Volkanovski in this occasion.”

Quotes via MMA Junkie

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