We haven’t viewed Yair Rodriguez in the cage considering that his impressive gain over Jeremy Stephens back in November of 2019, and based on what Dana White mentioned – or somewhat refused to say – through the UFC Vegas 15 submit-struggle press convention, we may not see him all over again for a while nevertheless.
A bout among Rodriguez and Zabit Magomedsharipov set for August was cancelled owing to a damaged ankle experienced by “El Pantera.” But the latest shots of Yair again in the health club and teaching led a reporter to question White about his position.
“Yair? Have we not talked publicly about that?” White asked his assistant off digicam. “Why not?”
“I really don’t feel he’s going to fight quickly,” White claimed just after a moment.
“We didn’t announce it, I don’t know why we didn’t but yeah, I never know what the deal is,” White claimed cryptically. “It’s none of my organization what is heading on there. So when it will come out, it will come out. It is none of our organization, none of the UFC’s organization. When they figure it out they’ll enable us know.”
Without having something else to go on but that, we’d ordinarily believe Rodriguez was in the middle of some USADA problem that prevented White from stating anything at all. But Dana and Yair have butted heads just before in the previous, with White releasing Rodriguez back again in 2018 for allegedly refusing far too many fights.
“We made available him fights, he turned down the fights,” White mentioned at the time. “There was a good deal more back again and forth that went on with that. If you do not want to battle, this is not the place to be. There is plenty of sites out there that will just take Yair Rodriguez and would really like to have him, and would indication him and I’m absolutely sure he’ll have a great job. This is not the place for you.”
“I never know. We’ll see. When I call you and supply you a combat, you ought to most likely choose it. You ought to in all probability take it. I make 42 fights a year, and if you really do not want to battle and you want to be picky and choosy — and you really don’t want do this and you do not want do that — you likely want to go someplace else. And I’ll assistance you get there.”
So to say the marriage in between the UFC and Yair Rodriguez appears now strained would be an understatement. Which is seriously too terrible for the reason that it is the lovers losing out when politics or whatever the hell it is retains someone as impressive as “El Pantera” out of the cage.