Rob Font came out victorious at UFC 287 after defeating Adrian Yanez in a stunning first-round knockout. This win was crucial for Font as he had been struggling to get a stoppage win since his knockout victory against Marlon Moraes in 2020. It was an explosive bout, and if there was a People’s Main Event at UFC 287, this bout would be it.
The Bantamweight division has a lot of names, including Henry Cejudo, Sean O’Malley, and Cory Sandhagen, who sat ahead of Font and Yanez.
Both were all-action, explosive, and capable of maintaining a high pace from bell-to-bell. The winner would boost themselves into the title picture.
Font came out fast, throwing a combination, but Yanez quickly settled in and bruised Font’s eye with solid jabs. Font responded with jabs of his own, and Yanez went to the body. Both fighters were landing significant strikes, but it was Font who stopped Yanez in his tracks with a quick combination. In the midst of a second combination, Font pulled Yanez in with a collar tie and knocked him backward with a powerful right hand. Font then delivered the finishing blows, and the veteran emerged victorious.
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This was an impressive performance from Font, who had lost his previous two. After, he expressed the need for a stoppage win, and his victory over Yanez, who had yet to lose in the UFC, was a huge accomplishment.
Rob Font just rewrote this guys face pic.twitter.com/dmgcMbhRhm
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 9, 2023
The win puts him back in the win column and could be the start of a resurgence for the bantamweight.
— UFC (@ufc) April 9, 2023