Taking main event honors in ‘Sin City’ — a high-stakes potential featherweight title-eliminator between former division best, the #1 ranked, Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway, and the streaking #3 rated challenger, Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriguez.
Returning for the second time this year, former undisputed featherweight kingpin, Holloway looks to solidify his status as the #1 contender once again — following masterful Octagon return in January.
Headlining UFC on ABC 1 on ‘Fight Island’, the Hawaiian scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over Calvin Kattar — setting multiple striking records en route to his damaging, one-sided judging win.
For Chihuahua native, Rodriguez, the dynamic striker makes his first Octagon outing since an October 2019 rematch victory over two-time opponent, common-foe, Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Boston.
The victory came as Rodriguez’s sixth in the UFC, following prior successes against the likes of Andre Fili, Dan Hooker, Alex Caceres, B.J. Penn, and Chan Sung Jung.
UFC Vegas 42 Results: Holloway vs. Rodriguez
UFC Vegas 42 Main Card: (ESPN + 4 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Max Holloway def. Yair Rodriguez via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
Heavyweight: Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Ben Rothwell via first round (0:32) TKO (strikes)
Featherweight: Felicia Spencer def. Leah Letson via third round (4:25) TKO (ground strikes)
Welterweight: Khaos Williams def. Miguel Baeza via third round (1:02) TKO (punches)
Bantamweight: Song Yadong def. Julio Arce via second round (1:35) TKO (high kick and strikes)
UFC Vegas 42 Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 1 p.m. ET)
Catchweight (157.5lbs): Joel Alvarez def. Thiago Moises via first round (3:02) TKO (strikes)
Flyweight: Andrea Lee def. Cynthia Calvillo via second round (5:00) TKO (retirement)
Featherweight: Sean Woodson def. Collin Anglin via first round (4:30) TKO (strikes)
Catchweight (128.5lbs): Cortney Casey def. Liana Jojua via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Rafael Alves def. Marc Diakiese via first round (1:48) submission (guillotine)
Light Heavyweight: Da Un Jung def. Kennedy Nzechukwu via first round (3:04) TKO (elbows)