UFC Vegas 42: Holloway vs Rodriguez | 6th Round Post-Fight Show

Bloody Elbow fight experts, Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado, are here tonight – Saturday, November 13th., 2021, to breakdown the UFC Vegas 42: ‘Holloway…

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UFC Vegas 42: Holloway vs Rodriguez | 6th Round Post-Fight Show
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Bloody Elbow fight experts, Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado, are here tonight – Saturday, November 13th., 2021, to breakdown the UFC Vegas 42: ‘Holloway vs. Rodrigues’ Fight Night event, which was broadcast back at the APEX Center in good old Las Vegas, NV.

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The guys will have hot takes, possible next fights, as well as reactions to the overall event in the player above, or can be caught on our Bloody Elbow Presents YouTube Channel or any of our BE Presents Podcast Network. (SPOILERS…)

The Main Event:

The UFC showcased a Featherweight Tilt in the main event of UFC Vegas 42. We had future Hall-of-Famer, the former UFC Featherweight Champion, Hawaiian born, Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway. He won that title defeating José Aldo at UFC 212 while holding the interim title, then defending that title three times. He is #1 in the UFC Featherweight rankings and #7 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. He has a storied list of arguably the most decorated and impressive UFC career accomplishments, including:

  • KO of the Night (One time) vs.Will Chope
  • FOTN (Four times) vs. José Aldo, Brian Ortega, Dustin Poirier, & Calvin Kattar
  • POTN (Four times) vs. Akira Corassani, Cub Swanson, Anthony Pettis, and Brian Ortega
  • First American to win the UFC Featherweight Championship
  • Tied-third longest winning streak in UFC history (13) (Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson, Georges St-Pierre, Khabib Nurmagomedov)
  • Longest winning streak in UFC Featherweight division history (14)
  • Most fights in UFC Featherweight division history (22)
  • Most wins in UFC featherweight division (17)
  • Most KO/TKO wins in UFC featherweight division (8)
  • Most stoppage victories in UFC Featherweight division history (10)
  • Most significant strikes landed in a fight in UFC history (+445 vs. Calvin Kattar)
  • Most significant strikes attempted in a fight in UFC history (+744 vs. Calvin Kattar)
  • Most distance strikes landed in a fight in UFC history (+439 vs. Calvin Kattar)
  • Most significant head strikes landed in a fight in UFC history (+274 vs. Calvin Kattar)
  • Most significant body strikes landed in a fight in UFC history (+117 vs. Calvin Kattar)
  • Most significant strikes landed in a round in UFC history (+141 vs. Calvin Kattar)
  • Most strikes landed in a fight in UFC history (+447 vs. Calvin Kattar)
  • Most strikes attempted in a fight in UFC history (+746 vs. Calvin Kattar)
  • Highest significant strike differential in a fight in UFC history (+312 vs. Calvin Kattar)

Not that it’s any surprise, but Max entered the Octagon a massive favorite against his combatant, Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriguez, who was returning after two years away. Yair was on a two-fight win streak however, and if he were to come away victorious tonight, he would have gotten a shot at that title Gold, hoping to gain the second championship for Mexico. You may recall that Rodriguez was the winning alum from The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America’s 2014 tournament. He was currently ranked #3 in the UFC Featherweight rankings. His other accolades include:

‘Blessed’ impressed for five wild rounds in a scrappy war with Yair. The five round banger was a master class in mixed martial arts techniques. It looked like there was going to be a knockout or a submission here and there from one or the other combatants, but in the end it was another Unanimous Decision victory for Max. Yair was relentless from the get go, just destroying Max’s legs with calf kicks that sent him to the hospital for a look at his foot post-fight. Rodriguez was volatile in his comeback, putting on the fight of his life, looking fantastic against Max, considering Holloway may very well be the best Featherweight in UFC history. Great fight, so much so it earned the FOTN bonus for this event. Max also became the first and only UFC fighter to land 3,000 strikes as he registered a total of 3,056 after this event.

The Co-Main Event:

Meanwhile, the co-main event featured Heavyweights, Ben Rothwell, with a record of 39-13 and Marcos ‘Pezão’ Rogério de Lima, with a record of 18-7. Both men were entering the Octagon today with one win each under their belts.

Basically, you only have to invest 32-seconds of your life watching this twitter highlight clip and you’ve seen the whole fight…

The Rest of the Main Card:

Prior to the headlining bouts, we were graced with promising showdowns including, Featherweight up-and-comers, Felicia ‘Feenom’ Spencer vs. Leah ‘Nidas’ Letson, Welterweight prospects, Miguel ‘Caramel Thunder’ Baeza vs. Khaos ‘The Oxfighter’ Williams, and for the main card opener we had Bantamweights, the ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ – Yadong Song vs. Julio Arce.

Knockout of the night goes to Khaos Williams in the main card opener, earning his POTN Bonus in the first minute of the third round. As a matter of fact, it was all finishes leading up to the main event… Song via Punches, Williams via Punches, ‘Feenom’ Spencer impressed, putting on a clinic against Letson smashing her via G&P, and of course we had de Lima victorious via those 32-seconds of Punches. It was a very exciting main card tonight.

A record for the event was actually earned for most finishes on a card (9 out of 11 bouts) & five fighters suffered their first career TKO/KO losses at UFC Vegas 42 tonight as well.

The Prelims:

We had a highly-anticipated Lightweight match between Thiago Moisés and Joel ‘El Fenomeno’ Alvarez in our featured prelim, which surprisingly wrapped up at 3:01 of the first round; when Joel threw a flurry of elbows and uppercuts.

Other bouts worth mentioning included: POTN Bonus performance from #12 ranked Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee, in her impressive Flyweight match-up against #5 ranked Cynthia Calvillo; which actually ended in a corner stoppage at the close of the second round (a CT scan post-fight confirmed a broken right orbital on Calvillo).

We also had a memorable moment when Woodson took home his first UFC finish with Hooks to the body of Collin Anglin. Courtney Casey took it to the judges scorecards with a notable use of range throughout all three rounds. Alves & Jung started out the card with finishes as well; Jung with standing elbows and Alves with a Guillotine choke submission victory. Jung put on the performance of his career, face-planting Nzechukwu with those flying elbows to the extent it’s certainly debatable that he should have received a POTN bonus, instead of, or in addition to, Andrea Lee’s Corner Stoppage bout tonight.

This week the guys’ picks heading into the 14-bout UFC 268 PPV event were:

Both: Holloway
Both: Rothwell
Both: Spencer
Both: Baeza
Zane: Yadong, Eddie: Arce

Both: Moisés
Zane: Calvillo, Eddie: Lee
Both: Woodson
Both: Casey
Both: Diakiese
Zane: Jung, Eddie: Nzechukwu

Overall, this now 11-bout card saw five exhilarating first round finishes, eight impressive KO/TKO’s, one submission, and two hard-fought decisions. Rounding things out, bonuses for putting forth POTN efforts went to Andrea Lee & Khaos Williams; FOTN honors went to Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez. What a wild Saturday of fights we have to share with you, join us to discuss all the action!

Here’s a look at the UFC Vegas 42: ‘MAX HOLLOWAY VS YAIR RODRIGUEZ’ updated fight records & results —

At 2:00 – 11. 145lbs: Max Holloway (22-6) DEF. Yair Rodriguez (13-3)DEC, Unanimous (49-46, 48-47×2)

At 13:34 – 10. 265lbs: Marcos Rogério de Lima (19-7) DEF. Ben Rothwell (39-14) KO/TKO, Punches (Standing TKO) at 0:32 of Rd 1

At 20:35 – 9. 145lbs: Felicia Spencer (9-3) DEF. Leah Letson (5-2)KO/TKO, G&P at 4:25 of Rd 3, Total 14:25

At 27:24 – 8. 170lbs: Khaos Williams (13-2) DEF. Miguel Baeza (10-2) KO/TKO, Punches at 1:02 of Rd 2, Total 11:02

At 31:27 – 7. 135lbs: Yadong Song (18-5) DEF. Julio Arce (17-5)KO/TKO, Punches at 1:35 of Rd 2, Total 6:35


At 34:02 – 6. 155lbs: Joel Alvarez (19-2) DEF. Thiago Moisés (15-6) KO/TKO, Elbows & Uppercuts (Standing TKO) at 3:01 of Rd 1

At 39:50 – 5. 125lbs: Andrea Lee (13-5) DEF. Cynthia Calvillo (9-4) KO/TKO, Corner Stoppage at 5:00 of Rd 2, Total 10:00

At 45:43 – 4. 145lbs: Sean Woodson (9-1) DEF. Collin Anglin (8-3) KO/TKO, Hooks to the Body at 4:30 of Rd 1

At 49:06 – 3. 125lbs: Cortney Casey (10-9) DEF. Liana Jojua (8-5)DEC, Unanimous (30-27×3)

At 51:40 – 2. 155lbs: Rafael Alves (20-10) DEF. Marc Diakiese (14-5) SUB, Guillotine Choke at 1:48 of Rd 1

At 55:32 – 1. 205lbs: Da Un Jung (15-2) DEF. Kennedy Nzechukwu (9-2) – KO/TKO, Standing Elbows at 3:04 of Rd 1

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June M. Williams
June M. Williams

June M. Williams is the Bloody Elbow Production Manager & Ombudsperson, as well as our Podcast Syndicator. She is also an acting author, editor & lead fixer for Bloody Elbow. She began work for the Combat Sports Division of SB Nation in 2010, making BE her primary home since 2013.

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