28 Facts About Yair Rodriguez


Yair Raziel Rodriguez Portillo was born on October 6,1992 and is a Mexican professional mixed martial artist.

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Yair Rodriguez currently competes in the Featherweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Yair Raziel Rodriguez Portillo was born and raised in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico to Rigoberto Rodriguez Olivas and Norma Alicia Portillo.

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Yair Rodriguez made his professional mixed martial arts debut on October 10,2011, at Mexican Fighter Promotions 8, when he fought Jonatan Guzman and won via unanimous decision.

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Yair Rodriguez then fought Luis Roberto Herrera on December 12,2012, at Mexican Fighter Promotions 13.

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Yair Rodriguez next faced Edgar Juarez on February 16,2013 at Mexican Fighter Promotions 14.

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Yair Rodriguez's final fight before he entered the UFC was against Angelo Durante on April 4,2014, at NP: High Altitude Face Off 6.

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In May 2014, it was revealed that Yair Rodriguez would be a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, competing for "Team Velasquez".

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Yair Rodriguez made his official UFC debut on November 15,2014, at UFC 180, facing Leonardo Morales in The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight finals.

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Yair Rodriguez defeated Morales via unanimous decision to become the tournament winner.

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Yair Rodriguez's second fight with the promotion, Rodriguez faced Charles Rosa on June 13,2015, at UFC 188.

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Yair Rodriguez won the fight via knockout in the second round and was awarded his first Performance of the Night bonus.

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Yair Rodriguez faced Alex Caceres on August 6,2016, at UFC Fight Night 92.

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Yair Rodriguez lost the fight via TKO after the second round due to swelling on his left eye.

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On May 10,2018, it was reported that Yair Rodriguez was released from the UFC after allegedly declining two fights.

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Three weeks later, Yair Rodriguez announced that he and UFC officials worked out their differences and that he was back on the roster.

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Yair Rodriguez was expected to face Zabit Magomedsharipov on September 8,2018, at UFC 228.

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In late October, Yair Rodriguez agreed to replace Frankie Edgar and fight Chan Sung Jung on November 10,2018, at UFC Fight Night 139, after Edgar withdrew due to injury.

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Yair Rodriguez won the fight by knockout via reverse elbow at 4:59 in the fifth round; the latest knockout in UFC history.

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Yair Rodriguez was awarded the Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night awards.

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Yair Rodriguez faced Jeremy Stephens on September 21,2019, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 159.

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Yair Rodriguez faced Jeremy Stephens in a rematch on October 18,2019, at UFC on ESPN 6.

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Yair Rodriguez was scheduled to face Zabit Magomedsharipov on August 29,2020, at UFC Fight Night 175.

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On December 3,2020, UFC anti-doping administrator USADA announced that Yair Rodriguez had been suspended for 6 months, retroactive to September 8, for failing to notify USADA of his whereabouts and being unavailable for drug testing.

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Yair Rodriguez was scheduled to face Max Holloway on July 17,2021, at UFC on ESPN 26.

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Yair Rodriguez's return was delayed once more, as it was reported on June 17,2021, that Holloway was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.

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Yair Rodriguez won the fight via technical knockout in round one after Ortega suffered a dislocated shoulder, which rendered him unable to continue.

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Yair Rodriguez is a cousin of Olympic boxer Misael Rodriguez.

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