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Who won Rodriguez vs Emmett?
Yair Rodriguez beat Josh Emmett by submission in the 2nd round during the co-main event of UFC 284, on Saturday 11th February 2023 at RAC Arena in Perth.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
This contest was for the vacant UFC featherweight championship.
Rodriguez vs Emmett stats
Yair Rodriguez stepped into the octagon with a record of 14 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 5 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Josh Emmett made his way to the cage with a record of 18 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Rodriguez had a slight advantage in power over Emmett, with a 36% knock out percentage over Emmett's 33%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Rodriguez had a slight advantage over Emmett, with a 21% submission rate over Emmett's 11%.
Yair Rodriguez was the younger man by 8 years, at 30 years old.
Rodriguez had a height advantage of 5 inches over Emmett. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Rodriguez was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 3 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2011, 2 days later than Emmett, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 8 less professional rounds, 50 to Emmett's 58.
Rodriguez vs Emmett form
Rodriguez had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Josh Emmett at UFC 284 on 11th February 2023 by in the 2nd round in their UFC Interim Featherweight championship fight at RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia.
Previous to that, he had defeated Brian Ortega at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Rodriguez on 16th July 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at UBS Arena, Long Island, New York, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Max Holloway at UFC Vegas 42 on 13th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Jeremy Stephens at UFC on ESPN 6 on 18th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at TD Garden, Boston.
He had beat Jeremy Stephens at UFC on ESPN+ 17 on 21st September 2019 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
Emmett had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Emmett on 18th June 2022 by split decision in their 5 round contest at Moody Center, Austin, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Dan Ige at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Shane Burgos at UFC Vegas 3 on 20th June 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had defeated Mirsad Bekti at UFC on ESPN+ 13 on 13th July 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Golden1 Center, Sacramento.
He had won against Michael Johnson at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Yair Rodriguez had been fighting more than Josh Emmett.
Going to this contest, Yair Rodriguez had last fought 7 months and 22 days ago, while Josh Emmett's last outing had been 1 year, 3 months and 15 days ago.
Rodriguez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
Emmett's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Rodriguez vs Emmett?
Yair Rodriguez was a 53/100 (-190) favourite going into the contest, while Josh Emmett made his way into the ring at 81/50 (+160) with oddsmakers.