Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez – The Athletic

In one of the best action cards of the year, we saw both Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas retain their belts at UFC 268. Luckily, we’re also “lucky” with Max Holloway’s return with Octagon on Saturday, as he will take on Yair Rodriguez in this week’s main event.

Before I start analyzing the upcoming game, I’ll give you some brief thoughts on how last weekend’s game played out. While I won’t make my recap the headlines, I did listen and appreciate your feedback, and if I have any post-war information that I believe would be helpful to share. share with you, I will do the same here.

UFC 268 recap

Usman vs. Covington

This was an extraordinary fight between two of the best round winners in the sport, and it certainly lived up to my pre-match expectations.

I felt Usman deserved the win, but outside of his dominant second half, which saw him knock Covington down multiple times, the match was competitive. I have great respect for Covington winning the rounds after being hurt, and I scored directly 2-2 in round 5. In the end, Usman is a more efficient striker on a per-hit basis like We predicted, and that’s the difference.

Looking back, I think the pre-match betting line was fair. Covington is certainly capable of winning the rounds, however a three-round win over Usman is an extremely difficult test and his percentage of chances of winning is limited because of the path to victory. very narrow.

Personally, I played ‘Over 2.5 rounds’ in this fight because I feel like Usman winning by knockout is the only realistic outcome to lose. That almost happened, but Covington’s endurance and cardio were among the best in the league and he was able to recover quickly.

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Charles Jones

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