In a stunning turn of events, featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez will no longer be released by the UFC and instead is set to meet Zabit Magomedsharipov on September 8, later this year.
Rodriguez had been publicly slammed by UFC president Dana White, and granted his release from the promotion after lengthy negotiations with the Mexican proved to frustrate UFC brass. A huge talent at 145-pounds, Rodriguez’ sudden free agency had stunned fans, and seemed to deprive the UFC talent pool of a fighter worth keeping tabs on.
Now, it seems Rodriguez and the UFC have resolved their differences, as the The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America winner took to his social media to announce he and the promotion were on “the best terms ever.” Brett Okamoto of ESPN first reported the news that Rodriguez would remain with the company.
#happynews @zabit_magomedsharipov Me dirijo todos mis fans, amigos y familiares por su apoyo a mi carrera. También me gustaría agradecer a todas aquellas compañías que han mostrado interés en mi persona y trabajo. – Sean Shelby y yo tenemos un amigo en común, Mario Delgado. Él fue la conexión entre nosotros y ayudó a establecer una reunión entre Sean & yo donde tuvimos una conversación amistosa durante el almuerzo del viernes. Nos dimos cuenta de que lo que sucedió fue una gran falta de comunicación y un mal momento. Después de la conversación estoy feliz de saber que el UFC & yo estamos en los mejores términos y ahora estoy de vuelta en el camino para perseguir mi sueño de convertirme en campeón de UFC. Zabit Magomedsharipov, te veo el 8 de septiembre en Las Vegas. Respetuosamente: Yair Rodriguez. Viva Mexico ! 🇲🇽 . . . I address to all my fans, friends and family for always been supportive of my career. As well I’ll like to thank all of those companies showing interest on my persona and work. – Sean Shelby and I have a friend in common, Mario Delgado, he was the connection between us. He set up a meeting between Sean & I, where we had a friendly conversation during lunch on Friday. We got into the interview realization that what happened was a big miscommunication and bad timing. After the conversation I’m happy to know that the UFC & I are in the best terms ever and now I’m back in track to chase my dream of become a UFC champion. Zabit Magomedsharipov, see you September 8th in Las Vegas . Respectfully: Yair Rodriguez. Viva Mexico ! 🇲🇽
“I address all my fans, friends and family for their support of my career,” Rodriguez wrote. “I would also like to thank all those companies that have shown interest in my person and work. – Sean Shelby and I have a friend in common, Mario Delgado. He was the connection between us and helped establish a meeting between Sean & I where we had a friendly conversation during Friday lunch. We realized that what happened was a great lack of communication and a bad time.
“After the conversation I am happy to know that the UFC & I are on the best terms and now I am back on track to pursue my dream of becoming a UFC champion. Zabit Magomedsharipov, I see you on September 8 in Las Vegas.”