Yair Rodriguez

Yair Rodriguez shares what he told UFC champ Alexander Volkanovski during hotel encounter

" DALLAS – Yair Rodriguez knows what Alexander Volkanovski is going through, which is what he told the UFC featherweight champion in person this past week. Volkanovski (25-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC) is coming off a successful title defense last month at UFC 276, where he soundly defeated Max Holloway...

Yair Rodriguez favors winner of Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev over Alexander Volkanovski

Yair Rodriguez respects Alexander Volkanovski, but he doesn’t favor him to become champion at 155 pounds. The UFC featherweight contender thinks Volkanovski will have a tough hill to climb in challenging for the belt in the division above. Volkanovski, who’s defended the UFC featherweight four times, has expressed interest...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, July 19: Yair Rodriguez shakes up featherweight division

It wasn’t the way anyone was expecting, but Yair Rodriguez picked up a big win over Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC on ABC 3. Rodriguez entered the event holding the No. 14 spot, and despite the uneventful ending due to an injury, the result still counts...

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Yair Rodriguez after UFC on ABC 3 win?

" (ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Brian Ortega after UFC on ABC 3 loss?) Yair Rodriguez got his hand raised in the UFC on ABC 3 main event, but it didn’t come the way he’d hoped or expected against Brian Ortega. Rodriguez (14-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC)...

Yair Rodriguez reacts to Brian Ortega’s UFC on ABC 3 injury: ‘I saw him doing a face, so something happened’

" ELMONT, N.Y. – Yair Rodriguez’s latest UFC win came under unexpected circumstances. The featherweight contender got his hand raised in the UFC on ESPN 3 main event after opponent Brian Ortega suffered a shoulder injury in the first round. With about a minute remaining in the opening frame,...

Yair Rodriguez no longer sparring in effort to preserve health: ‘I’m not going to forget how to fight’

Yair Rodriguez’s focus remains the UFC title, but the work required to get to his goal has changed. The featherweight contender has made major adjustments to his fighting career. He returns to the cage Saturday in the UFC on ABC 3 main event. Rodriguez (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) takes...

Arnold Allen sees Yair Rodriguez beating Brian Ortega: ‘I definitely don’t think he can strike with him’

Arnold Allen doesn’t think Brian Ortega can hang with Yair Rodriguez on the feet. Ortega faces Rodriguez in Saturday’s UFC on ABC 3 headliner, which takes place at UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y. The main card airs on ABC and streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+. Allen acknowledges...

Video: Can Brian Ortega-Yair Rodriguez winner leapfrog Josh Emmett for UFC title shot?

" Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez have a big fight on their hands Saturday. Former featherweight title challenger Ortega (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Rodriguez (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) fight in the UFC on ABC 3 main event in Elmont, N.Y., and both are coming off losses. Ortega’s loss...

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