Few weeks ago Featherweight prospect Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriguez had his back against the wall being released from the UFC. According to Dana White, the decision to release Rodriguez was a result of him turning down fights against prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov and veteran Ricardo Lamas, despite being inactive for a year.
However recently ESPN’s Brett Okamoto disclosed that UFC have renegotiated their terms with Rodriguez and Rodriguez vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov is now ‘verbally’ agreed to for UFC 228 in September. (via Twitter):
BREAKING: The Yair Rodriguez/UFC situation has apparently done a 180. Rodriguez vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov is now verbally agreed to for UFC 228 in September.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 1, 2018
Earlier today, Rodriguez took to Twitter to confirm the good news. (via Twitter):
— Yair Rodriguez (@panteraufc) June 2, 2018
“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 !”