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Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez is a Force to be Reckoned With

Last Updated on April 29, 2021 3:25 pm by Gambyl Nation Editorial Team

Yair Raziel Rodriguez Portillo is a Mexican MMA fighter who was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, on October 6, 1992. “El Pantera” as he is nicknamed around the world, is a mixed martial arts MMA fighter and taekwondo black belt who currently competes in the featherweight division of the UFC. Rodriguez is currently listed as the 5th best fighter in the division according to the UFC.

Yair Rodriguez comes from a family of fighters, his cousin Misael “Chino” Rodríguez is a boxer who has represented Mexico in the Olympic Games.

Currently, El Pantera has a MMA record including his UFC fights of 13 wins, of which 5 are by TKO and 2 by submission and 2 losses.

  • Yair Rodriguez Vs. Jeremy Stephens

The last fight by Rodriguez takes us to the UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman versus Jeremy Stephens, where he defeated him by unanimous decision after 3 tight rounds. This fight was classified as the fight of the night and was played in Boston, Massachusetts. In this fight, El Pantera managed to connect 136 punches out of 213 thrown, with 96 effective punches out of 170 thrown. Rodriguez had an excellent combination in the location of his blows, since, he managed to connect many of them in different parts of the body.

Check out the fight between Yair Rodriguez Vs. Jeremy Stephens

(Video courtesy of and the YouTube channel IN THE POCKET MMA)

  • Yair Rodriguez Vs. Chan Sung Jung

This fight between the Mexican Rodriguez and the Korean Jung was on November 10, 2018, at the UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez, this fight ended up being the fight of the night, as all the fans expected from the main fight and, it ended with a victory for El Pantera with a spectacular knockout by an elbow in round number 5 of an impressive battle between them. which was the knockout of the year 2018. It was one of the longest flights in the UFC, it was both erratic and long, but it didn’t disappoint us as spectators.

Check out the fight between Yair Rodriguez Vs. Chan Sung Jung

(Video courtesy of and the YouTube channel Я есть ММА / I`m MMA)

  • Yair Rodriguez Vs. B.J. Penn

The fight between Yair Rodriguez and the American B.J. Penn was the main fight of the UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn dated January 15, 2017. In this fight, we could observe a very aggressive Yair Rodriguez, and with an extraordinary defence. Rodriguez beat Penn in the 24th second of the second round thanks to a TKO caused by a front kick followed by a combination of punches. A highlight of this fight is that Yair only received 7 hits from Penn.

Check out the fight between Yair Rodriguez Vs. B.J. Penn

(Video courtesy of and the YouTube channel Jessica Hailey)

  • Yair Rodriguez Vs. Andre Fili

And finally, we present the victory number 8 of Yair Rodriguez in his fight against the American Andre Fili in the event played on April 23, 2016, at UFC 197. This fight lasted longer than expected and went to the canvas several times, but, at minute 2:16 of the second round, the Mexican Rodriguez launched a spectacular flying kick that ended up hitting Fili’s face, throwing him directly to the canvas with an excellent technical knockout.

Check out the fight between Yair Rodriguez Vs. Andre Fili

(Video courtesy of and the YouTube channel UFC Brasil)

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