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Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett Odds: Rodriguez Given a 62% Chance to Beat Emmett

Yair Rodriguez is facing off against Josh Emmett in the UFC 284 main card. Johnny Covers breaks down the odds for the anticipated bout.
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Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett Odds: Rodriguez Given a 62% Chance to Beat Emmett

The UFC interim featherweight championship will be on the line when UFC makes its first trip back to Australia since 2019.

The main event, featuring Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski for the lightweight strap, is preceded by a fight between Yair Rodriguez of Mexico and Josh Emmett of the United States for an interim title in the division below.

Let's take a look at both fighters and where the odds are headed.

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Rodriguez vs. Emmett Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: February 11, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM EDT
  • Where: RAC Arena (AUS), Perth, Australia
  • Where to Watch: PPV

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Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett Breakdown

Yair Rodriguez (15-3-0)

Prior to defeating Brian Ortega, another top featherweight contender, in the first round by TKO, Rodriguez faced Max Holloway in a thrilling back-and-forth contest in November 2021. The victory seemed impressive on paper, but Ortega's shoulder injury in the opening round forced the fight to be stopped.

You never know where the Mexican's onslaught will come from—it might be his fists, feet, knees, or elbows. Rodriguez is so elusive and unpredictable that even Max Holloway had to rely on takedowns to control him. This shows how challenging it is to defend against him.

To counter Emmett's takedowns, Rodriguez will likely rely on his awkward striking, and it wouldn't be unexpected to see the American set up his devastating overhand shot by engaging in clumsy grappling battles himself. Given that these two have demonstrated their capacity to withstand blows, I don't expect a finish, but don't be surprised if it ends up being named the best fight of the night after a hard five rounds.

Josh Emmett (18-2-0)

Similar questions are circling in Josh Emmett's head regarding his title shot. Despite having a five-fight winning streak, he hasn't faced anyone ranked among the top five featherweights right now, and many believed that his victory against Calvin Kattar by split decision in June of last year should have been overturned.

Josh Emmett showcased his expert-level wrestling, a sport he has trained in for more than 14 years, to begin his UFC career. While Emmett's grappling was challenging to control, he has also been showing off his deadly one-punch knockout power and significantly improved boxing abilities.

Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett Odds

When the odds for this one opened up, Rodriguez was listed as the -175 favorite across the board, with Emmett listed at +150. Since then, things have remained mostly stagnant, with the odds slightly moving in Emmett’s favor.

As of Wednesday, the best number available on Emmett was (+145) at Caesars, while favorite backers would be best suited at BetMGM (-165).

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Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett Odds & Public Betting Data

Though there is no official public betting data yet available, the odds movement would suggest that Josh Emmett is garnering much of the attention. The more active American fighter, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if things keep moving in Emmett’s direction. 

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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