With Alexander Volkanovski officially set to challenge newly crowned lightweight king Islam Makhachev in the UFC 284 main event, the UFC’s decision to book an interim title fight at featherweight comes as little surprise.
The division has a number of top contenders available, but the matchup between the #2-ranked Rodriguez and #5-ranked Emmett will be the first opportunity at UFC gold for both men.
Emmett is currently on a five-fight win streak dating back to 2019. The 37-year-old holds stoppage victories over Michael Johnson and Mirsad Bektić during that stretch, as well as a split decision win over Calvin Kattar in his most recent fight earlier this year.
Rodriguez may not be on the same type of streak as Emmett, but the 30-year-old is coming off strong performances in his last two fights. Although his most recent bout against Brian Ortega ended anticlimactically when Ortega injured his shoulder late in the first round, “El Pantera” also went five rounds in a losing effort against former champion Max Holloway in 2021.
Twitter Reacts To Interim Title Announcement
The UFC’s announcement of the interim title fight occurred during an action-packed UFC 281 main card, but plenty of fans still had time to share their thoughts on the matchup.
What do you think of the matchup between Rodriguez and Emmett for the UFC’s interim feathwerweight title?