Here are the latest UFC results, as UFC 290 took place Saturday night from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Two titles were up for grabs, as the featherweight champion was unified in the main event between Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez. Also, Brandon Moreno defended his flyweight belt vs. Alexandre Pantoja. The main card included a title-eliminator in the middleweight division and rising prospect Bo Nickal back in action. On the prelims, former champion Robbie Lawler competed for the final time. Now, let’s get to the UFC results.
UFC 290: Featherweight Championship Unified
When it comes to competing at featherweight, nobody in the UFC can match Alexander Volkanovski.
The reigning champion unified the titles with a convincing win over interim titleholder Yair Rodriguez in the main event of UFC 290.
Volkanovski was coming off a tough decision loss to Islam Makhachev back in February for the lightweight title. At 145 pounds, though, he has never lost, as his only other career defeat came at welterweight well before joining the promotion.
Over the last few years, he has bested the likes of Max Holloway, Chan Sung Jung and Brian Ortega. And Rodriguez was no match either.
And New UFC Flyweight Champion
Alexandre Pantoja ended the title reign of Brandon Moreno, becoming the new UFC flyweight champion with a split decision.
Pantoja scored matching 48-47s from two judges, while the third ruled in favor of the reigning champion, 49-46.
The 33-year-old from Brazil scored his fourth consecutive win, improving to 26-5 overall. He is 10-3 with the UFC, including three wins now over Moreno. Back in 2018, he won by unanimous decision and in 2016 he scored a submission victory on The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions season.
Moreno was making his first title defense since unifying the belts with a TKO victory over Deiveson Figueiredo in January. He is now 21-7-2 overall.
Dricus Du Plessis Stuns Robert Whittaker, Bo Nickal Dominates Again
Many felt Robert Whittaker could have stood on the sidelines and waited for his shot at UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Now, he will definitely be doing just that.
Whittaker was finished in the second round by Dricus du Plessis in a No. 1 contender match. After controlling the opening of the fight, Whittaker lost control, falling two minutes into the round.
After the win, du Plessis and Adesanya came face-to-face inside the Octagon.
Dan Hooker scored himself an upset, as he downed Jalin Turner in a bloody brawl via split decision. The bout took place at a catchweight after Turner missed the mark for the lightweight limit.
To open the pay-per-view main card, Bo Nickal showed off his striking, as the top prospect stopped Valentine Woodburn in just 38 seconds.
Nickal, an NCAA wrestling champion, continues to grow as a fighter. Woodburn stepped in on short notice for Tresean Gore, who was forced out with an injury.
Robbie Lawler Ends His Career With A Bang
There is no better way to go out as a fighter than with a finish. And that is exactly what Robbie Lawler did.
The former UFC champion stopped Niko Price in the first round of the prelim main event live on ABC and ESPN. In his retirement bout, “Ruthless” looked just that, stopping Price in just 38 seconds.
Tatsuro Taira, Denise Gomes and Alonzo Menifield were all winners, as Gomes set a record for the fastest finish in the strawweight division. She stopped Yazmin Jauregui in just 20 seconds.
On the early prelims, Vitor Petrino, Cameron Saaiman, Jesus Santos Aguilar and Esteban Ribovics were all winners.
Coming off a big week there will be no rest for the promotion, as they return to the Apex for UFC Fight Night 224 live on ESPN+. In the main event, former champion Holly Holm takes on Mayra Bueno Silva.
The card will also see Albert Duraev battle Park Jun-yong, Walt Harris fight Josh Parrisian and Norma Dumont square off with Chelsea Chandler.
Alexander Volkanovski def. Yair Rodriguez via TKO (strikes) at 4:19 of Round 3 to remain UFC featherweight champion
Alexandre Pantoja def. Brandon Moreno via split decision to become UFC flyweight champion
Dricus du Plessis def. Robert Whittaker via TKO (strikes) at 2:23 of Round 2
Dan Hooker def. Jalin Turner via split decision
Bo Nickal def. Valentine Woodburn via TKO (strikes) at :38 of Round 1
Robbie Lawler def. Niko Price via KO (strike) at :38 of Round 1
Tatsuro Taira def. Edgar Chairez via unanimous decision
Denise Gomes def. Yazmin Jauregui via TKO (strikes) at :20 of Round 1
Alonzo Menifield def. Jimmy Crute via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:55 of Round 2
Vitor Petrino def. Marcin Prachnio via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:42 of Round 3
Cameron Saaiman def. Terrence Mitchell via TKO (strikes) at 3:10 of Round 1
Jesus Santos Aguilar def. Shannon Ross via KO (strike) at :17 of Round 1
Esteban Ribovics def. Kamuela Kirka via unanimous decision