Rising featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez suffered a setback at UFC 211 against Frankie Edgar.
Rodriguez entered the weekend as one of the most promising talents at 145-pounds, but it was clear from the opening bell that he was outclassed and overmatched. Rodriguez simply wasn’t ready to step up to the level of competition of a guy like Edgar, a former champion who is on a tear of his own.
The end result was a TKO doctor’s stoppage after Round 2 because his eye was completely swollen shut.
On Sunday, Rodriguez issued a brief statement on his loss, expressing his disappointment in his performance while vowing to come back stronger in the future.
“It hurts me because I’ve given up to sport, I’ve changed my habits and my life, always train to the fullest and when I get to the limit, always pushed me but sometimes it’s not enough to do all that and you have to do more and search in new places. I know that my performance was not for nothing the best and I stood up to who I knew would be one of the most difficult trials of my life! What comes to mention earlier and I’ll say it again. A defeat brought me to this point and this defeat won’t leave me lying here. I came to this company and to this world to deal with the best of the best way to make me the same in the best of the best. I so soon, I apologize for not being able to complete this goal I said I would. I’m not saying I’ll be back stronger why don’t I’m gone. I’m still here strong and look to the sky! To God be the judge of that my destiny and many thanks to all of you for your love and unconditional love! See the flags of Mexico and hear their voices turn with honey and energy towards me are priceless! And to stop me would first have to kill me I won’t give up.”
Rodriguez is still very young and can chalk this bout up as a learning experience.
It will be exciting to see how he rebounds from this defeat and who the UFC matches him up against next.