Yair Rodríguez

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Yair Rodríguez
BornYair Raziel Rodríguez Portillo[1][2]
(1992-10-06) October 6, 1992 (age 26)[3]
Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico
Other namesEl Pantera
Height5 ft 10 12 in (1.79 m)[4]
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Reach71 in (180 cm)[4]
StyleTaekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling
Fighting out ofParral, Chihuahua, Mexico
TeamHuntington Beach Ultimate Training Center
Jackson-Winkeljohn (former)
Kings MMA
Valle Flow Striking (former)
RankBlack belt in Taekwondo[5]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision5
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Yair Raziel Rodríguez Portillo[1][2] (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.[6]

Early life[edit]

Yair Raziel Rodríguez Portillo[1][2] was born and raised in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico to Rigoberto Rodríguez Olivas and Norma Alicia Portillo. Rodríguez started Taekwondo at age five.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[8] 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).[9]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In May 2014, it was revealed that Rodríguez was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, competing for "Team Velasquez".[10]

In his first fight on the show, Rodríguez defeated Humberto Brown in the quarterfinals via submission (triangle choke).[11] In the semifinals, Rodríguez defeated Rudolfo Rubio via submission (strikes) to reach the finals.[12]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Rodríguez made his official UFC debut on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180, facing Leonardo Morales in The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight finals.[13] Rodríguez defeated Morales via unanimous decision to become the tournament winner.[14]

For his second fight with the promotion, Rodríguez fought Charles Rosa on June 13, 2015 at UFC 188.[15] He won the fight by split decision.[16] Rodríguez then received his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[17]

Rodríguez next competed against Dan Hooker on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Rodríguez next faced Andre Fili on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197.[20] He won the fight via knockout in the second round and was awarded his first Performance of the Night bonus.[21][22]

Rodríguez next fought Alex Caceres on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[23] He won the fight by split decision.[24] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[25]

Rodríguez next faced returning veteran B.J. Penn on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[26] Rodríguez won the fight via TKO in the second round. Afterwards, he was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[27][28]

Rodríguez next faced Frankie Edgar on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211.[29] He lost the fight via TKO (doctor stoppage) after the second round due to swelling on his left eye.[30]

On May 10, 2018, it was reported that Rodríguez was released from the UFC after allegedly declining two fights.[31][32] Three weeks later, Rodríguez announced that he and UFC officials worked out their differences and that he was back on the roster.[33]

He was expected to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228,[34] however, Rodríguez pulled out of the fight on August 23 citing injury.[35]

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.[36] Rodríguez won the fight by knockout via reverse elbow at 4 minutes 59 seconds in the fifth round; the latest knockout in UFC history.[37][38] He was awarded the Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night awards[39], with the KO winning Knockout of the Year Awards from multiple major publications and outlets.

Personal life[edit]

Rodríguez has one brother and one sister. He is also a cousin of Olympic boxer Misael Rodríguez.[40]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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



Year Title Role Notes
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

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Felicita Miguel Jurado a Yair Raziel "El Pantera" Rodríguez". El Sol de Parral. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
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  4. ^ a b c "Fight Card - UFC 188 Velasquez vs. Werdum". UFC.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
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External links[edit]

  • ^ Hernandez, Jose. "UFC 211: Yair Rodriguez - 2017 Is My Year". Youtube. UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved May 11, 2017.