Yair Rodriguez blev avskedad efter att han tackat ‘ne’j till två matcher, det var uppgifter vi fick genom UFCs VD, Dana White, men så är inte fallet, om vi vill tro Rodriguez. Anledningen till att Rodriguez blivit sparkad menar den forne UFC-fightern Chael Sonnen beror på att UFC har en policy där du endast får tacka nej till en match, men måste acceptera det andra matchbudet. Rodriguez första match var tilltänkt att var mot Ricardo Lamas, men tackade nej på grund av att Lamas förlorat sin senaste match, han fick sedan matchkontrakt att möta Zabit Magomedsharipov, men tackade även nej till den matchen.
Enligt Rodriguez skall han ha begärt en topp-10 motståndare i UFC eftersom han har ett UFC-facit på 6-1, att han skulle tackat nej till både Ricardo Lamas och Zabit Magomedsharipov är som han tidigare Tweetat, #FakeNews. Genom ‘The MMA Hour’ säger den mexikanska superstjärnan följande.
I got to talk to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby and I told him I was able to fight Josh Emmett in February in Orlando, Florida, to headline that event (UFC on FOX 28). And I accepted. I stepped up, and I learned that Josh Emmett wouldn’t accept the fight, or I don’t know if the UFC didn’t want to give it to me or whatever, then I was replaced with Jeremy Stephens. Jeremy Stephens took that fight.
Then, after that, we sat again with the UFC and talked about a few other opponents. I talked to Sean Shelby and he told me, ‘What do you have in your mind?’ I told him I think I at least deserve a top 10 [opponent]. No matter what happens, I think I deserve a top 10 [opponent] just because of what I already showed in the UFC. I’m 6-1 in the UFC. Not all the fighters in the UFC have the same record as me. I know I’m still a rising star for the sport or whatever, but I know I have done a lot already. I know [how many] fans I have inside the sport and I don’t think I have to show anybody that I’m not afraid.
Vidare berättade Rodriguez att han accepterat Magomedsharipov- samt Lamas-matchen, men att han ville bli kompenserad för den.
They said Ricardo Lamas, then I said yes to Ricardo Lamas. I accepted to fight Ricardo Lamas, but then I later learned that he didn’t take the fight with me. He decided to fight (Mirsad) Bektic instead. Then, during that process, the Zabit fight was causing a lot of hype on social media. … I was like, alright, this is going to be great. I started looking at the big potential for this fight. And it was kind of my fault that I — like a week after Lamas declined the fight, Sean Shelby called me again and he said, ‘Hey, the Lamas fight is still back open. It’s back open for you to fight.’ And after I was asking for any top-10 [opponent] and they didn’t want to give it to me, and then Lamas took Bektic instead of me, I was kind of disappointed. Just kind of disappointed, I’ll say that.
I started looking at this other fight with Zabit. It was making a lot of sense for me because of the stylistic matchup and stuff. We saw big potential of renegotiating my contract. There was a negotiation that if they wanted me to fight him in LA (at UFC 227), which, I said I’ll fight him in LA, of course, but [only] if you pay me more, because I had saying for the last year that I wanted to fight a top 10 [opponent]. I’m not picking my opponents. I’m just saying I deserve a top 10. Anyone. I actually asked for ‘Korean Zombie’ as well, but they told me he wasn’t ready, even though he posted some stuff on Twitter saying that he wanted to fight Frankie.
I was like, okay, I’ll fight Zabit if you give me more money in LA, because I understand how big of an event it is, and they said no. I was like, okay, if you don’t want to give me more money to fight him in LA, why don’t you give [the fight] to me in Russia, and there’s no need to do any negotiation for that. I want him in Russia. Why? Because he was calling me out. I’m the guy who, I never say much, I just act. I don’t have to be talking about this on my social media.
Rodriguez sade genom MMA-reporter Ariel Helwani att han fått flertalet saftiga erbjudanden från andra organisationer och är ändå nöjd med sin nuvarande situation, han håller inget agg mot UFCs VD Dana White och har till och med försökt nå ut till White, men utan framgång.
No hard feelings. You’ve got to move on from things. People live in the past too much. They live the past. I’ve been learning, this is one of the things that I’ve been learning: If you are living in the past, you’re depressed. If you are living in the future, you have anxiety. If you live in the present, you are happy. So I’ve just been slowly learning how to be here and live in the moment, live in the present, and don’t let any little stuff bother me. I cannot let little stuff bother me for the rest of my life.
This doesn’t stop here. This is the just the beginning of something greater.
Rodriguez slutade som sagt med ett vinstfacit på 6-1 i UFC men fick alltså sparken när han begärt för mycket i lön för att möta Magomedsharipov.