UFC president Dana White took a question after UFC Liverpool relating to his recent decision to cut top-prospect Yair Rodriguez from the promotion.
When the news emerged that the prospect Yair Rodriguez has been cut from the promotion, the reaction from fans was one of total confusion.
Rodriguez, whose dynamic striking style had seen him lose out to only top-contender Frankie Edgar to date in his run in the UFC, hadn’t fought for over a year since his mauling at the hands of the Answer. Despite this, he was consistently pointed to as a potential ‘in’ to the untapped Mexican market for the sport and was slowly growing as a star.
Yair himself claimed that he had accepted fights that were offered by the UFC brass but when speaking to the press in the fallout of UFC Liverpool, White had this to say on his recent decision to cut El Pantera.
“We offered him fights, he turned down fights. There was a lot more back and forth that went on with that. If you don’t want to fight, this isn’t the place to be. There are plenty of places out there that will take Yair Rodriguez, and would love to have him, and would sign him, and I’m sure he’ll have a great career. This isn’t the place for you.
“When I call you and offer you a fight, you should probably take it. You should probably take it. I make 42 fights a year. And if you don’t want to fight, and if you want to be picky and choosy, and you don’t want to do this and you don’t want to do that, then you probably need to go somewhere else. And I’ll help you get there.” (via Sherdog)
A classically Dana-response from the UFC head-honcho and now, with Yair’s exit confirmed, we may never get the full unbiased story. All that is certain is that the UFC have lost out on a real future-contender with this one.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena