Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett Odds & Prediction for UFC 284

Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett
  • The latest UFC 284 odds have Josh Emmett +150 taking Yair Rodriguez as a -185 favorite.
  • The interim featherweight title will be on the line as Volkanovski moves up to take on Makachev on the same card.
  • We give our betting prediction for Emmett vs Rodriguez below.

The long-awaited title shot at 145 pounds will be over for Yair Rodriguez as the Mexican featherweight takes on a game Josh Emmett for the interim title. We review the latest UFC 284 betting odds for Emmett vs Rodriguez and give a betting pick below.

UFC 284 takes place Feb. 12 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Western Australia (due to the time difference, the pay-per-view card will air stateside on Feb. 11). Headlined by Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski.

Rodriguez vs Emmett Odds

Yair Rodriguez -185
Josh Emmett+150

As per BetMGM, Yair Rodriguez is a -165 favorite that’s a 64.9% implied win probability against Josh Emmett. You can bet on the underdog here, Emmet is +150 at Caesars Sportsbook – net $150 off a $100 wager. Monitor the latest UFC lines and odds via these sports betting sites.

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Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett Prediction

Yair Rodriguez is on the cusp of UFC gold after an explosive entry to the UFC back in 2014. “El Pantera” went unbeaten in his first UFC six fights with wins over Dan Hooker, Alex Caceres, and past his prime B.J. Penn. It was when the striker fought a well-versed wrestler Frankie Edgar, that we saw gaping holes in the Mexican’s fight game at the time. Many could argue what we’re the UFC doing feeding Yair to Edgar in 2017, but it was a crossroads to get either fight into the title picture.

Yair returned in 2018, with a fight-of-the-year performance and an elbow straight from the gods to The Korean Zombie. That won Yair the fight in the 4:59 minute of the final round. Since then Yair scored 1-win and 1-draw against Jeremy Stephens and then lost to Max Holloway and then Brian Ortega suffered a shoulder injury, granting Yair a win in July 2022.

Josh “The Fighting Falmer” Emmett has looked fantastic in his last few fights. He’s on a five-fight winning streak with wins over straight killers. Including Dan Ige, Shane Burgos, Mirsad Bektić, and Kattar. His most recent win over Calvin Kattar went the distance, in a five-round battle proving the 36-year-old has the skills to fight in championship-level fights.

Rise of Josh Emmett

Rodriguez’s flashy style can sometimes mask what shots are coming, whereas Emmett’s style is a more walk-you-down approach. Although Emmett’s last three fights went to a decision, he is the harder puncher of the two and has 6 KOs on his resume – a decent 33% win ratio by KO.

I expect Rodriguez to use his 1-inch reach advantage and movement here to keep Emmett at bay. Emmett will have to close the distance more and should do so by backing Rodriguez up against the octagon. When it comes to grappling Emmett lands an average of 1.04 takedowns per 15 minutes with a 40% takedown accuracy. Rodriguez’s takedown defense has improved in recent years, which is now at 63%.

Both fighters are durable and while I see a situation here where we see a flash knockdown, the experience will come into play. Rodriguez is now entering his prime, with Emmett likely leaving it with his age. With early odds of -165, its hard to not bet on Rodriguez before he becomes a -200 favorite,

Betting Pick: Rodriguez by Decision.

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