Rodriguez-Stephens Tell Judges They’re Not Needed

Returning to the Octagon ten months removed from his last-second knockout of the Korean Zombie, Yair Rodgriguez looks to assert himself as one of the elite at featherweight against Jeremy Stephens.

“I think he’s a really aggressive guy,” Rodriguez said of Stephens who has been trash talking the Mexico native leading up to fight night.

“Whenever he comes, he comes to fight. He’s always pushing forward. I think he has a lot of experience. He almost triples the number of fights that I have, so for me that makes him better at the sport. He’s pretty tough and pretty strong, but I barely have eight fights in the UFC.”

Stephens has called his shot saying one of them is going to sleep via a brutal knockout, which Rodriguez is in agreement that the judges can take this fight off.

“I think the fight is going to be shorter than five rounds,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t think the fight is going to go five rounds. He’s really aggressive and we know anything can happen, so if I stay (still) he can connect (on me).

“I’m going to be smart and keep him moving. That’s exactly is my advantage. I’ll take the opportunity and if I see a clean shot, I’m going to take him hard as (expletive), that’s it.”

Report: MMA Junkie

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