When Is Yair Rodriguez’s Next Fight?

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Yair Rodriguez is seen before his fight against Frankie Edgar in a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 211 on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Feb 25, 2024, 10:04 PM
  • Yair Rodriguez is the former Interim UFC Featherweight Champion.
  • Rodriguez has an MMA record of 16 wins and five losses.
  • Brian Ortega defeated Rodriguez in the co-main event of UFC Mexico via third-round TKO.

For the first time in his professional MMA career, Yair Rodriguez has received back-to-back losses, after he was dealt with a third-round submission loss by Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC Mexico inside the Arena CMDX in February 2024. It was his fourth loss in the UFC since making his promotional debut in June 2015.

Despite the title loss, “El Pantera” is still a household and top name in BetMGM’s online sportsbook. This loss also gives him the opportunity to improve and fight other top contenders in the 145-pound division. Who are the top candidates to face Rodriguez for his next fight?

When Is Yair Rodriguez’s Next Fight?

Rodriguez’s next opponent is yet to be determined, but there are a few other ranked contenders that he could face in the featherweight division, like Movsar Evloev, Arnold Allen, Giga Chikadze, and Byrce Mitchell.

Yair Rodriguez MMA Record and Statistics

  • MMA record: 16-5
  • Wins by TKO/KO: 6
  • Wins by submission: 4
  • Wins by decision: 6
  • Striking accuracy: 46%
  • Significant strikes landed per minute: 4.78
  • Significant strikes absorbed: 4.03
  • Takedown average per 15 minutes: 0.79
  • Submission average per 15 minutes: 0.80
  • Takedown accuracy: 28%
  • Significant strikes defense: 53%
  • Takedown defense: 63%
  • Knockdown average: 0.26
  • Average fight time: 13:11

Yair Rodriguez Notable Wins

Rodriguez has impressive wins over other UFC stars like Dan Hooker, Andre Fili, Alex Caceres, BJ Penn, Chan Sung Jung (The Korean Zombie), Jeremy Stephens, Brian Ortega and Josh Emmett.

Yair Rodriguez UFC Earnings

Rodriguez’s total career earnings in the UFC are estimated at $2.6 million, including his base salary, bonuses, and pay-per-view shares. His biggest single-fight payout came against Alexander Volkanovski in July 2023, where he pocketed $1.03 million.

Yair Rodriguez Team and Corner

Rodriguez trains under Valle Flow Striking Academy, founded by Mike Valle, who is also the head coach. Valle is a renowned world-class striking coach. Rodriguez’s other coaches and cornermen were Israel Martinez (wrestling coach) and Marco Beltran (striking coach).

Valle Flow Striking Academy is situated in Bensenville, Illinois, where other UFC fighters such as Juliana Pena, Leonard Garcia, Clay Guida and Belal Muhammad are also training.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.