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04th Jun 2018

UFC rescinds contract termination of promising star

As shocking as the initial announcement

Ben Kiely

Just like that, Yair Rodriguez is back in the UFC

The MMA community was in shock last month at the news of Yair Rodriguez (10-2. 6-1 UFC) being cut by the UFC. Dana White explained that he made the decision after Rodriguez turned down offers to fight Magomedsharipov as well as former title contender Ricardo Lamas.

The UFC president doubled down on these claims at the post-fight press conference for the promotion’s Liverpool debut. He wanted the unfortunate situation to serve as a lesson to the rest of the roster.

“There was a lot more back and forth that went on with that. If you don’t want to fight, this isn’t the place to be. There’s plenty of places out there that will take Yair Rodriguez, and would love to have him, and would sign him, and I’m sure he’ll have a great career. This isn’t the place for you.”

“When I call you and offer you a fight, you should probably take it. You should probably take it. I make 42 fights a year. And if you don’t want to fight, and if you want to be picky and choosy, and you don’t want to do this and you don’t want to do that, then you probably need to go somewhere else. And I’ll help you get there.”

Yair Rodriguez


Somehow, Rodriguez got back in the good graces of the UFC.  Brett Okamoto of is reporting that Rodriguez is back in the promotion and has verbally agreed to fight Magomedsharipov at UFC 228 in September.

The exact details of how the situation resolved itself are unknown. However, this is definitely a win for the promotion and the fans. The promotion gets to hold onto one of their most exciting prospects while the fans can look forward to a fight of the year candidate.