A year ago today, Yair Rodriguez was finishing his mid-week preparations for a title eliminator fight against top featherweight Frankie Edgar. Yesterday though, he was shockingly released from his UFC contract after turning down several matchups for his heavily anticipated return bout.
When news broke out that Rodriguez may be released from his UFC contract after turning down fights against both Zabit Magomedsharipov and Ricardo Lamas; “El Pantera” responded with the following rebuttal:
Unfortunately for the flashy Mexican striker however, the news was in fact legitimate.
Since White’s witty response, Rodriguez has personally provided no insight into why he rejected either bout. But, an annoyed Dana White informed the LA Times part of the reason for not taking the Magodmedsharpov fight was due to not wanting to participate in a contest with an athlete below him in the featherweight rankings. Additionally, White stated:
“He can go somewhere else. We have no use for him. He calls that fight fake news. This is real news.”
With a 10-2 overall record and a 6-1 UFC record that includes victories over BJ Penn, Andre Fili, and Dan Hooker; Rodriguez is bound to find a new organization soon. Of the potential candidates, Bellator is likely the early favourite to sign the star free-agent, however, both Combate Americas and the Professional Fight League may have a chance to land Rodriguez as well.
After watching this; where do you think Yair should go?