|Born||Yair Raziel Rodríguez Portillo|
October 6, 1992
Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico
|Other names||El Pantera|
|Height||5 ft 10 1⁄2 in (1.79 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Style||Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Team||Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center|
Valle Flow Striking (former)
|Rank||Black belt in Taekwondo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Yair Raziel Rodríguez Portillo (born October 6, 1992) is a Mexican professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he competes in their featherweight division. He has been with the UFC since 2014 after winning The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America tournament. As of March 4, 2019, he is ranked #12 in the official UFC featherweight rankings.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 Filmography
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Mixed martial arts career
Rodríguez made his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut on October 10, 2011, at Mexican Fighter Promotions 8, when he fought Jonatan Guzmán and won via unanimous decision. On March 10, 2012, he fought Carlos Ricardo at The Supreme Cage Fighting 1. He won via third round submission (triangle choke). Rodríguez then fought Luis Roberto Herrera on December 12, 2012, at Mexican Fighter Promotions 13. He lost via first round KO (punches). Rodríguez next faced Édgar Juárez on February 16, 2013 at Mexican Fighter Promotions 14. He won the fight via first round KO (flying knee). His final fight before he entered the UFC was against Angelo Durante on April 4, 2014 at NP: High Altitude Face Off 6. Rodríguez won the fight via first round submission (armbar).
The Ultimate Fighter
In his first fight on the show, Rodríguez defeated Humberto Brown in the quarterfinals via submission (triangle choke). In the semifinals, Rodríguez defeated Rudolfo Rubio via submission (strikes) to reach the finals.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Rodríguez made his official UFC debut on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180, facing Leonardo Morales in The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight finals. Rodríguez defeated Morales via unanimous decision to become the tournament winner.
For his second fight with the promotion, Rodríguez fought Charles Rosa on June 13, 2015 at UFC 188. He won the fight by split decision. Rodríguez then received his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Rodríguez next faced returning veteran B.J. Penn on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103. Rodríguez won the fight via TKO in the second round. Afterwards, he was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
On May 10, 2018, it was reported that Rodríguez was released from the UFC after allegedly declining two fights. Three weeks later, Rodríguez announced that he and UFC officials worked out their differences and that he was back on the roster.
In late October, Rodríguez 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. Rodríguez won the fight by knockout via reverse elbow at 4 minutes 59 seconds in the fifth round; the latest knockout in UFC history. He was awarded the Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night awards, with the KO winning Knockout of the Year Awards from multiple major publications and outlets.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Mexican Fighters Promotions
- FMP Featherweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- MMA Fighting
- 2018 Knockout of the Year.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||11 wins||2 losses|
|Win||11–2||Chan Sung Jung||KO (elbow)||UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez||November 10, 2018||5||4:59||Denver, Colorado, United States||Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||10–2||Frankie Edgar||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||2||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–1||B.J. Penn||TKO (front kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn||January 15, 2017||2||0:24||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||9–1||Alex Caceres||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres||August 6, 2016||5||5:00||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||8–1||Andre Fili||KO (flying head kick)||UFC 197||April 23, 2016||2||2:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||7–1||Dan Hooker||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 192||October 3, 2015||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–1||Charles Rosa||Decision (split)||UFC 188||June 13, 2015||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||5–1||Leonardo Morales||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 180||November 15, 2014||3||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico||Won The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America Featherweight Tournament.|
|Win||4–1||Angelo Duarte||Submission (armbar)||NP: High Altitude Face Off 6||April 4, 2014||1||2:12||Alamosa, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–1||Édgar Juárez||KO (flying knee)||Mexican Fighter Promotions 14||February 16, 2013||1||0:13||Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Loss||2–1||Roberto Herrera||KO (punches)||Mexican Fighter Promotions 13||December 20, 2012||1||1:21||Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Win||2–0||Carlos Ricardo||Submission (triangle choke)||The Supreme Cage 1||March 10, 2012||3||0:50||Monterrey, Mexico|
|Win||1–0||Jonatan Guzmán||Decision (unanimous)||Mexican Fighter Promotions 8||October 10, 2011||3||3:00||Mexico City, Mexico|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||2 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2–0||Rodolfo Rubio Perez||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America||June 6, 2014||1||3:55||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||1–0||Humberto Brown Morrison||Submission (triangle choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America||May 30, 2014||2||2:18||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|2014||The Ultimate Fighter||Himself||Television series|
|2016||UFC 200 Greatest Fighters of All Time||Himself||Television mini-series|
|2018||El Pantera||Himself||Documentary film|
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