Yair Rodríguez

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Yair Rodríguez
Born Yair Raziel Rodríguez Portillo[1][2]
(1992-10-06) October 6, 1992 (age 25)[3]
Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico
Other names Chilito
El Pantera
Nationality Mexican
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[4]
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Division Featherweight (145lbs)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)[4]
Style Taekwondo, Boxing, Judo
Fighting out of Chicago, Illinois, United States
Team Valle Flow Striking
Rank Black belt in Taekwondo[5]
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 10
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 5
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Yair Raziel Rodríguez Portillo[1][2] (born October 6, 1992) is a Mexican mixed martial artist and Taekwondo black belt who competes for the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was ranked #11 in the official UFC featherweight rankings at the time of his departure, and is now currently unranked following his return. He was the featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early Life

Yair Raziel Rodríguez Portillo[1][2] was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico to Rigoberto Rodríguez Olivas and Norma Alicia Portillo. He grew up with two relatives his brother and his little sister. He was raised in the mountains of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. Yair's father taught him how to work at a young age. He learned skills such as how to take care of animals, how to ride horses, and also how to grow plants. At a young age Yair's teachers told his parents that he had a great deal of energy, so therefore something had to be done. This is when Yair got introduced to Taekwondo at only 5 years old.[6] Yair would later add boxing and judo into his arsenal of mixed martial arts (MMA).

Early career[edit]

Rodríguez made his professional mixed martial arts debut in October 2011, competing for regional promotions across Mexico.[7] He fought Jonatan Guzman and won via unanimous decision. Yair would continue his Mixed Martial Arts career. On March 10, 2012 he fought Carlos Ricardo at The Supreme Cage Fighting 1. He won via submission (triangle choke). He would then take his first loss of his pro career on December 12, 2012 at Mexican Fighter Promotions 13. He fought Luis Roberto Herrera and lost via KO (punches). Next, Rodriguez faced Edgar Juarez on February 16, 2013 at Mexican Fighter Promotions 14. He won the fight via 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. He won the fight via submission (armbar).[8]

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America[edit]

In May 2014, it was revealed that Rodríguez was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, competing for Team Velasquez.[9]

Over the course of the show, Rodríguez first defeated Humberto Brown in the quarterfinals via submission (triangle choke).[10] In the semifinals, Rodríguez went on to defeat fellow Team Velasquez member Rudolfo Rubio via submission (strikes) to reach the finals.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Rodríguez made his official UFC debut on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180, facing fellow castmate Leonardo Morales in the featherweight finals.[12] Rodríguez defeated Morales via unanimous decision to become the tournament winner.[13]

For his second fight with the promotion, Rodríguez faced Charles Rosa on June 13, 2015 at UFC 188.[14] He won the fight by split decision.[15] The win also earned Rodríguez his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[16]

Rodríguez faced Dan Hooker on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Rodríguez next faced Andre Fili on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197.[19] He won the fight via knockout in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[20][21]

Rodríguez faced Alex Caceres on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[22] He won the fight by split decision, extending his winning streak to seven.[23] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[24]

Rodríguez next faced returning veteran B.J. Penn on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[25] Throughout the fight Rodríguez landed multiple kick variations on Penn and won the one-sided fight via TKO after a front kick and following punches in the second round. Afterwards, he was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[26][27]

Rodríguez faced Frankie Edgar on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211.[28] He lost the fight via TKO due to doctor stoppage between the second and third rounds due to a sustained beating that lead to swelling on his left eye.[29]

On May 10, 2018 Rodríguez was reported "released" from the organization after declining two fights in the featherweight division.[30] At the time, he was ranked the #11 in the official UFC featherweight ranking with only one defeat while competing for the promotion.[31] Subsequently three weeks later, Rodríguez announced that his management and UFC officials has worked out their differences and he was still part of the roster.[32] He is expected to face Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Rodríguez is a cousin of Olympic boxer Misael Rodríguez.[34] Rodriguez left Mexico to pursue his MMA Career. He moved to Chicago, Illinois to continue his training with his coach Mike Valle.

On September 16, 2017 it was announced that a documentary about Rodríguez would be premiering at the New York Latino Film Festival on 14/10/17.[35]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 Luis 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 Submission (triangle choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America May 30, 2014 2 2:18 Las Vegas, Nevada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Va chihuahuense a la UFC". El Diario de Chihuahua. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Felicita Miguel Jurado a Yair Raziel "El Pantera" Rodríguez". El Sol de Parral. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.fightmetric.com/fighter-details/cbf5e6f231b55443
  4. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC 188 Velasquez vs. Werdum". UFC.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Yair Rodriguez - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Hernandez, Jose. "UFC 211: Yair Rodriguez - 2017 Is My Year". Youtube. UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-11-12). "Yair Rodriguez and the Start of Something Big". ufconfoxtel.com. 
  8. ^ Hernandez, Jose. "Yair Rodriguez". Sherdog.com. sherdog. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  9. ^ Jesse Holland (2014-05-14). "The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): 'Latin America' cast revealed for 'Velasquez vs. Werdum'". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  10. ^ Danny Downes (2014-09-14). "Episode Three recap: The Ultimate Fighter Latin America". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  11. ^ Danny Downes (2014-10-21). "Episode Nine recap: The Ultimate Fighter Latin America". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  12. ^ Staff (2014-11-12). "UFC 180 broadcast lineup set with 'TUF: Latin America' finals as featured prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  13. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-11-15). "UFC 180 results: Yair Rodriguez outslugs Leonardo Morales for 'TUF: Latin America' 145 title". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-15. 
  14. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-02-24). "Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa official for UFC 188". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-02-24. 
  15. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-06-13). "UFC 188 results: Yair Rodriguez splits with Charles Rosa, then spits up in interview". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  16. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-06-14). "UFC 188 bonuses: Fabricio Werdum cashes $50,000 extra check. Who joined him?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  17. ^ Dave Doyle (2015-08-03). "Yair Rodriguez vs. Dan Hooker added to UFC 192 slate". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  18. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-10-03). "UFC 192 results: Yair Rodriguez sweeps Daniel Hooker". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  19. ^ Staff (2015-02-16). "Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez featherweight clash set for UFC 197". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  20. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-04-23). "UFC 197 results: Yair Rodriguez scores spectacular knockout of Andre Fili". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  21. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-04-23). "UFC 197 bonuses: Johnson, Rodriguez, Roberts, Steele pocket $50K awards". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  22. ^ Danny Segura (2016-06-09). "Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres in the works for UFC event in Utah". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  23. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-08-07). "UFC Fight Night 92 results: Yair Rodriguez tops Alex Caceres by split decision in Hollywood-style brawl". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  24. ^ Mike Sloan (2016-08-07). "UFC Fight Night 92 bonuses: Yair Rodriguez, 'Bruce Leeroy' pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  25. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-11-21). "Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J. Penn announced as UFC Phoenix main event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-21. 
  26. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-01-16). "UFC Fight Night 103 results: Yair Rodriguez devastates Hall of Famer B.J. Penn for TKO win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  27. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 bonuses: Rodriguez, Oleynik, Mendes, Saenz pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  28. ^ Staff (2017-03-09). "The hits keep on coming: Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez set for UFC 211 in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  29. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-13). "UFC 211 results: Former champ Frankie Edgar dismantles rising star Yair Rodriguez with ease". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  30. ^ "Report: Yair Rodriguez cut by UFC for turning down Lamas and Magomedsharipov bouts". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-05-11. 
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  32. ^ "Yair Rodriguez announces UFC return, Zabit Magomedsharipov fight at UFC 228". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-06-03. 
  33. ^ https://mmajunkie.com/2018/06/report-yair-rodriguez-reconciles-zabit-magomedsharipov-ufc-228-verbal-agree-fight
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  35. ^ "Instagram post by Yair Rodriguez Official • Sep 16, 2017 at 5:14pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-09-16. 
  36. ^ "MMA de México: Mexican Fighters Promotions". The Cage, MMA en México. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 


External links[edit]

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