Drako Rodriguez
The Great Drakolini

USA

Booked for UFC 265
BantamweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Rodriguez will take on Vince Morales at UFC 265 on Aug. 7, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.USAtoday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez had a rough UFC debut, as he missed weight and subsequently suffered his second professional loss to Aiemann Zahabi via a Round 1 KO. He will look to bounce back against Morales, who is returning from a year on the sideline due to a right orbital fracture.
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Suffers second pro loss
BantamweightUFC
February 22, 2021
Rodriguez lost to Aiemann Zahabi via KO (punches) at 3:05 of Round 1 at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
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.
Fined portion of purse
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
February 19, 2021
Rodriguez weighed in at 140.5 pounds Friday morning, 4.5 pounds above the bantamweight limit for a non-title fight.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
December 17, 2020
Rodriguez won't face Aiemann Zahabi on Saturday after Zahabi tested positive for COVID-19, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
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.