Yair Rodriguez is no longer a UFC fighter.
Late Thursday night a report surfaced from the L.A. Times quoting UFC president Dana White that the 25-year old featherweight had been released from the promotion after refusing to accept a fight with Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 227 in August.
It was also reported that Rodriguez turned down a separate fight against Ricardo Lamas with sources confirming that bout was in the works for UFC 225 in Chicago.
“The guy’s off a year, rejects a fight with Lamas and then doesn’t want to fight a guy below him in the rankings? He can go somewhere else. We have no use for him,” White said.
“He calls that fight fake news. This is real news.”
Sources close to the fighter confirmed that Rodriguez has been notified of his release and he has officially been cut from the UFC.
It’s a stunning turn of events considering Rodriguez was touted as one of the biggest up and coming stars on the UFC roster just a year ago.
Following a knockout win over B.J. Penn in January 2017, Rodriguez was matched up with former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Unfortunately, Rodriguez suffered a lopsided loss with Edgar finishing the fight by TKO after the second round.
Since that time, Rodriguez has uprooted his life to train with different teams across the country as he prepared to make his return in 2018.
Rodriguez had been in talks with the UFC on his next fight but by all accounts an agreement couldn’t be reached and the promotion decided to cut ties with him.