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UFC 290 results: Volkanovski defends his throne and flyweight division witnesses the coronation of a new champion

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 09, 2023 05:17 GMT

As the final chapter of UFC 290 on Sportskeeda MMA unfolds, the event leaves an indelible mark with a plethora of unforgettable moments. The middleweight division showcased its extraordinary talent, highlighted by Nickal's breathtaking first-round knockout and Du Plessis' impressive TKO victory. Pantoja's hard-fought split-decision triumph over Moreno and Volkanovski's commanding ground-and-pound finish against Rodriguez provide a fitting conclusion to this exhilarating night.

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05:17 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: An exceptional event

With that, the coverage of UFC 290 on Sportskeeda MMA concludes with a night of unforgettable moments. From Nickal's stunning first-round knockout to Du Plessis' impressive TKO victory, the middleweight division showcased exceptional talent. Pantoja's split-decision win over Moreno and Volkanovski's dominant ground-and-pound finish over Rodriguez capped off a thrilling night. Catch all the results and coverage from UFC 290 only on Sportskeeda MMA

05:11 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

05:11 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Alexander Volkanovski retains the undisputed featherweight championship

Volkanovski's vicious TKO victory over Yair Rodriguez secures his fifth title defense and cements his legacy as an undisputed featherweight champion

05:08 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez third round

Volkanovski delivers a devastating right hand that rocks Rodriguez, swiftly taking him down. With a relentless ground-and-pound assault, Volkanovski concludes the action in emphatic fashion. The fight is over in an instant. With this victory, Volkanovski secures his fifth title defense, solidifying his status as the undisputed featherweight champion.

05:05 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez enters thrilling third round

We are midway into the round and Rodriguez finding range with the kick off the middle. An accidental vicious head clash from Volkanovski stops the fight momentarily. The fight resumes with Rodriguez opening with a head kick attempt

05:03 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez enters thrilling third round

Rodriguez receives a stern warning from referee Herb Dean for fence grabbing, while Volkanovski expertly maneuvers, utilizing angles to land powerful counters and consistently penetrate his opponent's defenses. Despite Rodriguez's attempts to unleash strikes with his feet, he struggles to find any measure of success.

05:00 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez second round underway

Volkanovski continues to shine with another brilliant round, displaying his exceptional wrestling prowess that leaves Rodriguez seemingly helpless, unable to find any answers to the Australian's dominant performance so far. Third round up next

04:58 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez second round underway

Volkanovski demonstrates a systematic dismantling of Rodriguez, showcasing superior ground control and relentlessly landing precise shots that have already opened up notable cuts on his opponent. With calculated precision, Volkanovski establishes his dominance, leaving a visible impact on the fight and judge's scorecards possibly. 

04:56 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez second round underway

The second round commences with Rodriguez opening up with wild kicks from the outside. Volkanovski attempting to close distance, but the Mexican seems to have found his rhythm. Volkanovski eats a thunderous right counter but maintains his composure and takes Rodriguez's back. High-level fight so far!

04:53 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez first round underway

Rodriguez pushes Volkanovski away but the Australian takes him down again. Volkanovski switches to an arm triangle attempt but Rodriguez defends the attempt. Strong ground-and-pound in the closing moments of the first round. A good opening round for the Australian. 

04:51 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez first round underway

Volkanovski establishing center control with multiple switches of stances in an attempt to nullify Rodriguez's body kick onslaughts. The champion takes 'El Pantera' down and pushes him toward the cage, perhaps in an attempt to limit his movement and land solid ground and pound. 

04:44 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez up next

In a grand finale befitting the remarkable fight card, Volkanovski and Rodriguez enter the octagon, poised to deliver an exciting conclusion. The stage is set for an awe-inspiring showcase of their skills and both fighters look determined to script their legacies inside the octagon. 

04:38 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

04:35 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Main event up next

Get ready for the long-awaited showdown! Witness the epic clash between Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez as they battle for the undisputed UFC featherweight championship. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda MMA for live results and play-by-play updates of this thrilling encounter.

04:26 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

04:25 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja official results

Alexandre Pantoja dominates Moreno and claims a split decision for the UFC flyweight gold. Pantoja defeats Moreno via decision (split) (46–49, 48–47, 48–47)

04:21 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja official result up next

The back-and-forth battle between Moreno and Pantoja culminates in a captivating spectacle, as both fighters leave it all in the octagon. With the fight concluded, the anticipation mounts as we await the official results, eagerly anticipating the outcome of this thrilling contest.

04:19 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja fifth round underway

Pantoja gets the takedown with two minutes left on the clock which may have huge implications on the judge's scorecards. Moreno is back to his feet but Pantoja is still on his back.

04:18 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja fifth round underway

The UFC broadcast booth believes Moreno needs the finish to retain the flyweight championship. A standup battle so far midway into the final round

04:16 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja fifth and final round up next

Pantoja's corner passionately rallies their fighter, emphasizing the importance of not becoming complacent, while both corners urge their respective fighters to push the pace and unleash their skills as the highly anticipated fifth round approaches.

04:14 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja fourth round underway

Both fighters showcase brilliant scrambles, demonstrating their exceptional skills. Pantoja displays unwavering determination as he relentlessly pursues the takedown, successfully securing one in the midst of the fourth round. Despite Moreno's relentless efforts to regain his footing, Pantoja remains tenaciously glued to him. Moreno reverses the position in the final moments of the round and swings widely, closing with a solid elbow with Pantoja against the fence

04:09 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja fourth round up next

The championship rounds are up next. Pantoja's corner is confident that he has won two rounds. Moreno's corner recognizing that they probably lost the round and urging the champion to push the pace

04:07 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja living up to the expectations of fight fans

In a breathtaking display of unwavering heart and sheer determination, both fighters unleash relentless strikes, creating a high-paced, adrenaline-fueled spectacle. The octagon becomes a battleground of grit and resilience as both competitors show no signs of backing down. With bloodied and battered faces, they epitomize the true spirit of combat sports.

04:05 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja: Third round underway

Pantoja takes Moreno's back and fights relentlessly to sink in the rear naked choke. Moreno defends the choke tremendously but the Brazilian has a lot of time to work the finish. He reverses the position and the action resumes on the feet. What a fight so far!

04:03 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno vs. Pantoja: Third round underway

Moreno seems to have caught Pantoja with an accidental low blow that forced the fight to be stopped momentarily 

04:01 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

This has been an exciting clash and we are just two rounds into it. Moreno's experience fighting in championship fights seems to be benefitting him tremendously 

03:59 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno takes the back with over three minutes to work in the second round. Strong second round for the champion as the crowd rallies behind him to get the finish 

03:58 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Moreno is finding immense success with his jab and body shots in the second round. He seems to have found his rhythm, while Pantoja looks a bit fatigued. 

03:57 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Pantoja asserts his dominance in the opening round, making a powerful statement. Moreno's corner acknowledges the significance of the round for their rival and passionately urges their fighter to shift the momentum in their favor and seize control of the fight.

03:55 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Pantoja is all over Moreno as he swings the momentum in his favor. Moreno has a huge gash over his right eybrow

03:53 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja underway

Pantoja initiates the action with a flurry of wide swings, but Moreno quickly responds by securing a body lock, momentarily defusing the tension. Moreno showcases his technical prowess with calculated attacks, while Pantoja remains determined to deliver a decisive strike. In a surprising turn, Pantoja drops Moreno with a powerful elbow strike

03:49 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja

Moreno and Pantoja step inside the octagon, exuding determination as they prepare to settle their rivalry and deliver an unforgettable show for the fans in attendance and MMA enthusiasts watching worldwide

03:40 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja up next

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda MMA for live results and play-by-play updates from the thrilling championship fights at UFC 290. Don't miss a moment of the action as we bring you the latest updates from the octagon.

03:38 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja up next

Get ready for a title showdown! The stage is set for the first of two championship fights at UFC 290, where Brandon Moreno squares off against his longtime rival Alexandre Pantoja, determined to settle the score once and for all.

03:34 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

03:34 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Du Plessis vs. Adesanya next

Prepare for an electrifying showdown! Adesanya steps into the cage, setting the stage for a highly-anticipated clash with Du Plessis in the upcoming UFC 293. The confirmation of Adesanya vs. Du Plessis only amplifies the excitement surrounding this epic matchup.

03:31 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

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Du Plessis finds some success in the closing moments of the fight from side mount. He appears to have opened up a huge gash on Whittaker's forehead. A strong showing by 'Stillknocks' in the final sequence of the first round

03:20 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Robert Whittaker vs. Dricus Du Plessis

Whittaker is finding success with his usual wide stance and the jab from the Australian leading the dance early. Du Plessis trying to find his rhythm and get in range

03:06 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Robert Whittaker vs. Dricus Du Plessis next

High stakes clash ahead: Middleweight contenders Whittaker and Du Plessis set to battle in a fight that has major UFC middleweight championship implications

03:05 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

03:01 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Turner vs. Hooker official results

Dan Hooker defeats Jalin Turner via split decision (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)

02:58 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

UFC 290: Turner vs. Hooker official results up next

Hooker tries to unleash some ground-and-pound but Turner is wise to his opponent's offense. What an absolute war as both fighters go the distance! Official results up next

02:55 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Hooker is landing the left hook at will. Both fighters are showing incredible warrior spirit. Turner takes Hooker down, a smart move but Hooker springs right back up. Hooker all over Turner as he drops 'The Tarantula'

02:53 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Strong second round for Hooker

Hooker chews down on the mouthpiece in the final moments of the second round and wobbles Turner all over the place. Almost catches Turner with a rear-naked choke, but Turner is saved by the bell. What an incredible round of thrilling action!

02:50 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Turner catches Hooker with a cracking head kick and follow-up shots. Hooker's toughness and resilience are on full display as he continues to push forward

02:49 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Hooker seems to have found his footing in the second round as he tries to unleash his onslaught. 

02:43 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Turner is finding great success with his hands and appears to be the busier fighter in the opening frame of the fight

02:41 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Both fighters use feints and calf kicks to get in range. Hooker catches Turner with an accidental low blow that stops the action momentarily. Turner taking his time to recover

02:39 (GMT)9 JUL 2023

Turner is the favorite at (-275) while Hooker is the underdog at (+230)
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