Just a week removed from one of the best pay-per-view cards of the year, UFC fans get another treat Saturday as one of the top fighters in the world takes on one of the most exciting and unpredictable 145-pounders on the roster.
Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway takes on Yair Rodriguez on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas (ESPN+, 1 p.m. ET). Holloway has the most wins (17) and the most KO/TKO wins (eight) in UFC featherweight history. He's known for a relentless pace and top-tier boxing. Rodriguez holds some of the most spectacular knockouts in UFC history and is a devastating, flashy kicker.
Holloway vs. Rodriguez has a high probability for action, and the winner will put himself in a prominent position in the UFC's featherweight division. ESPN ranks Holloway No. 2 and Rodriguez No. 8 at 145 pounds.
Holloway is a huge -625 favorite per Caesars Sportsbook. But few are counting out Rodriguez, who has a chance to end the fight at any time with something eye-popping. Can Holloway hold serve and outbox (or maybe outwrestle) Rodriguez? Or can Rodriguez pull off a shocking upset victory that would put the featherweight division on notice?
Tyson Chartier, New England Cartel coach
How Holloway wins: