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Alexander Volkanovski stays UFC champ with TKO of Yair Rodriguez

By- USA NATIONAL POST

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Alexander Volkanovski's head was jerked back by a grazing kick from Yair Rodriguez, who then used a combination of strikes, including a left that hit flush to Volkanovski's jaw, to win the round.

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Volkanovski acknowledged the strikes with a nod of the head

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He then struck Rodriguez hard with a punishing right hook of his own.

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In the main event of UFC 290 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, Volkanovski rushed in for the takedown and launched a torrent of powerful punches from top position on route to a TKO at 4 minutes, 19 seconds of the third round.

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Volkanovski kept his UFC featherweight championship with the win. As the interim featherweight champion, Rodriguez entered the fight.

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Volkanovski was described by UFC president Dana White as "an absolute freak." He has extraordinary talent.

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Volkanovski claimed that because of how powerful and inventive Rodriguez's offensive can be, some "fear" seeped into his training camp. 

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