Friday, May 25, 2018

Hugely exciting Mexican featherweight Yair Rodriguez was released by the UFC after he reportedly declined two fight offers. The obvious landing spot is Combate Americans; the Spanish language promotion is doing huge numbers in Mexico and other part of Latin America, and even beat Bellator recently in the USA. On April 13, the Combate America’s event ‘Estrellas I’ drew 583,000 viewers on Univision, including 296,000 in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic, while Bellator 197 did a dismal 242,000 on Paramount.

And Combate offered ‘El Pantera’ a contract that was reportedly higher than what he was making. Rodriguez’ last fight, a loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 211, was held in Texas, where purses are not required to be made public. However, his previous fight, a demolition of BJ Penn at UFC Fight Night 103 saw Rodriguez earn $50,000 to show and $50,000 to win. And he won so his base escalated. Thus the Combate offer was substantial.

However, Jesse Holland for MMA Mania reports that Combate has withdrawn the offer.

“We wish Yair the best of luck in his career,” said a Combate Americas official to Holland.

No reason was provided. Likely suitors now include Bellator MMA, ONE Championship, and perhaps a return to the UFC.