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Yair Rodriguez Reportedly Back In The UFC, Expected To Fight At UFC 228

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 15: Yair Rodriguez (top) punches BJ Penn during the UFC Fight Night event at the at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 15, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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After his recent contract dispute with the UFC, featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez is now apparently back and will fight at UFC 228 in September.

The decision made by the UFC to cut one of their top prospects Yair Rodriguez just as he appeared to be edging towards an eventual return was met with a lot of scepticism from the fans.

Rodriguez was pointed to by many as a potential key for unlocking the previously untapped Mexican MMA market and up until his last octagon outing, he did appear to have all of the necessary ingredients to be a star. His flashy fighting style had seen him amass several highlight-reel wins but when it came to fighting Frankie Edgar at UFC 211, the difference in class was quite apparent.

Edgar – for lack of a better word – mauled ‘El Pantera’ for two rounds before forcing a doctor’s stoppage. It wasn’t pretty but it was a valuable lesson for the Latin American Ultimate Fighter-winner.

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: (L-R) Yair Rodriguez of Mexico kicks Andre Fili in their featherweight bout during the UFC 197 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Now, with conflicting reports about him supposedly turning down fights, Dana White has apparently gone back on his word as far as Yair is concerned and the Mexican’s UFC career will resume.

Expected to fight super-prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228, the featherweight division will have a new contender on their hands when this one is through and while nothing official has been announced, things are expected to become clearer in the coming days and weeks on this front.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.