Yair Rodriguez Returns to UFC at UFC 228
Yair Rodriguez’s issues with the UFC have been resolved, and the featherweight will return to the Octagon at UFC 228 in September, facing Zabit Magomedsharipov.
As reported by ESPN, this relationship repair comes one month after UFC President Dana White announced Rodrguez had been released by the MMA promotion for turning down fights, including an offer to face Magomedsharipov at UFC 227 in August. According to Rodriguez on social media, a mutual friend of him and UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby helped set up a meeting between the two in Las Vegas.
Rodriguez attributed the disagreements to “business, miscommunication and bad timing.”
— Yair Rodriguez (@panteraufc) June 2, 2018
“The UFC and I are on the best terms ever, and I’m back to chase my dream of becoming a UFC champion,” Rodriguez said. “I just want to say to Zabit Magomedsharipov, I’ll see you on Sept. 8.”
White also confirmed Rodriguez’s return to the promotion, though no known host location for UFC 228 has been revealed as of yet.
Rodriguez declined contractual details of his return. He and his management tried to renegotiate his contract prior to his release, which initially came as a shock considering he has won 10 of his 12 pro MMA bouts, and he won all six of his UFC bouts — including one with MMA legend B.J. Penn — before suffering a loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 211 back in May 2017.
Magomedsharipov is a top prospect, who has won all but one of his 16 pro MMA bouts and is 3-0 in the UFC. He recently defeated Kyle Bochniak in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors at UFC 223 back in April.
Original Story: ESPN