Drako Rodriguez
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Suffers second pro loss
February 22, 2021
Rodriguez lost to Aiemann Zahabi via KO (punches) at 3:05 of Round 1 at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
Not only did Rodriguez miss weight for his UFC debut, but he was finished in the first round after landing just 11 significant strikes. A counter right hand was all it took to end the night of the 24-year-old, who falls to 7-2 as a professional. Rodriguez will presumably be given a chance to rebound, and youth is absolutely on his side, but it will be an uphill battle from this rocky start.
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Fined portion of purse
February 19, 2021
Rodriguez's fight against Aiemann Zahabi will go forward Saturday with Rodriguez forfeiting 30 percent of his purse, John Morgan of USA Today reports.
Rodriguez came in 4.5 pounds above the bantamweight limit. While he'll still get the opportunity to make his UFC debut, missing weight badly and getting hit with a fine isn't exactly the first impression he hoped to make.
Misses weight Friday
February 19, 2021
Rodriguez weighed in at 140.5 pounds Friday morning, 4.5 pounds above the bantamweight limit for a non-title fight.
Rodriguez is making his UFC debut after earning a contract via Dana White's Contender Series, and this is not how you want to start your tenure with the company. If his scheduled matchup against Aiemann Zahabi goes forward as planned, he'll presumably have to surrender a decent chunk of his fight purse. Rodriguez was already considered a betting favorite for this matchup , checking in around (-190) as of Friday morning.
Fight with Zahabi rebooked
January 20, 2021
Rodriguez (7-1-0) is scheduled to face Aiemann Zahabi (7-2-0) in a bantamweight fight at the UFC's Feb. 20 event, Sergio Pineiro of BloodyCanvas.net reports.
Rodriguez and Zahabi were initially slated to face one another Dec. 17 in Las Vegas, but the bout was cancelled after the latter tested positive for COVID-19. With Zahabi having now recovered from the virus, the two will now meet two months later than expected. The fight will mark the UFC debut for Rodriguez, who earned a contract through his showing on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Upcoming fight called off
December 17, 2020
Rodriguez won't face Aiemann Zahabi on Saturday after Zahabi tested positive for COVID-19, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
Rodriguez was slated to make his UFC debut Saturday, but he'll have to wait after his matchup against Zahabi was canceled. The promotion won't find a new opponent on short notice, and it's unclear when Rodriguez could have his first fight under the UFC banner.
Debut set for December
November 17, 2020
Rodriguez is expected to make his UFC debut on Dec. 19 against Aiemann Zahabi, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Rodriguez earned a UFC contract by beating Mana Martinez vai technical submission in Round 1 of a Contender Series matchup in September. He owns a 7-1 record overall as a professional, primarily fighting for King of the Cage. In Zahabi, he'll face a fighter who owns a 1-2 record with the UFC, losing both of his last two fights.