Yair Rodriguez
El Pantera

Mexico

Booked for Mexico City
FeatherweightUFC
July 26, 2019
Rodriguez will square off against Jeremy Stephens as UFC Mexico City, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez got back on track at UFC Denver last November after taking his first UFC loss at the hands of Frankie Edgar in the previous bout and he'll aim to carry that momentum into a fight on his home turf in Mexico City. He owns a three-inch height advantage over Stephens, but the two possess an equal reach length. Rodriguez lands just under a full significant strike more per minute than Stephens, but he also absorbs a few more over the course of a bout.
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Eyeing September return
FeatherweightUFC
July 22, 2019
Rodriguez is hoping to be added to the Mexico City card on September 21, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Sources report that Zabit Magomedsharipov could be a potential matchup for Rodriguez in September, as the two almost fought last fall until Rodriguez had to withdraw due to injury. Rodriguez is coming off a victory over Chan Sung Jung via KO at UFC Fight Night in Denver back in November.
Targeting fall return
FeatherweightUFC
June 6, 2019
Rodriguez continues to rehab a nose injury suffered in his victory over Chan Sung Jung last November but is hopeful for a return fight in Mexico this fall, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Coming off a five-round war that Rodriguez literally won at the last second, the featherweight prospect is now beginning to plan out the next stages of his fighting career. The 26-year-old is currently ranked No. 11 in the division and likely needs multiple wins in order to get back in the title conversation. Rodriguez is currently 7-1 in the UFC since joining the promotion in 2014.
Knocks out Chan Sung Jung in all-time classic finish
FeatherweightUFC
November 10, 2018
Rodriguez defeated Chan Sung Jung via KO (elbow) at 4:59 of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
ANALYSIS
You have got to be kidding me. The main event of the UFC's 25th Anniversary Show produces arguably the craziest stoppage finish in the history of the company. A second away from suffering a decision loss (as was confirmed by the judge's scorecards in the aftermath of the bout), Yair connected with an insane blind, back elbow to Jung's face. The end result was referee Kevin MacDonald waving the fight off with no time left on the clock. You could watch this sport for another 100 years and never see anything like this again. Rodriguez is a brilliant, young offensive mind, but he still takes too many risks. It ended up not hurting him on Saturday, but he needs to tighten up his game moving forward. Thankfully, he still has plenty of time to do so. As long as Rodriguez remains healthy and willing enough to step into the octagon two or three times a year, he is going to impact the title picture in the UFC's featherweight division in the near future.
Replaces Frankie Edgar at UFC Denver
FeatherweightUFC
October 27, 2018
Rodriguez will step in on short notice to face Chan Sung Jung at UFC Denver on Nov. 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez had been scheduled to face Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228 on Sept. 8, but had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. He'll make it up to Dana White and Co. by accepting this fight on just over two weeks' notice. Entering this matchup, both men are coming off long layoffs. Rodriguez hasn't fought since losing handily to Frankie Edgar in May of 2017, while the Korean Zombie last fought in February of 2017, when he made a triumphant return with a first-round KO of Dennis Bermudez. There are plenty of intangible factors at play, but looking at the numbers, both men seem to prefer volume striking to wrestling, which has the makings for a fan-friendly fight. Rodriguez will enter with a four-inch height advantage, while The Korean Zombie sports a slight edge in reach.
Out of UFC 228
FeatherweightUFC
August 25, 2018
Rodriguez will no longer face Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228 due to an undisclosed injury, ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Once scheduled to be a prime matchup between two of the division's most intriguing prospects, Rodriguez will have to put this spotlight matchup on hold. Look for more information to follow as the details of his withdrawal emerge, but in the meantime, the promotion will search for a new opponent for Magomedsharipov with the Sept. 8 card right around the corner.