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Yair Rodriguez officially booked for UFC Mexico – following historic knockout

✅ The Mexican star delivered a knockout of the year in his last performance ✅ Now "El Pantera" is set for a hometown battle as the UFC return to Mexico

While previously reported, the UFC recently made it official: Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez (11-2) will face Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens (28-16) at UFC Mexico City. The event takes place in the Mexican capital, September 21st, Rodriguez vs Stephens will serve as main event.


Rodriguez defeated Leonardo Morales to win the featherweight tournament of TUF: Latin America. He then went on to win five additional fights, including knockout finishes of Andre Fili and BJ Penn. He was then pitted against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, and was handed a TKO loss via doctor stoppage. His latest outing is likely his most impressive, as he knocked out Chan Sung Jung in the last second of the last round of their fight – which Rodriguez was losing on the scorecards.

Veteran Stephens has competed in the UFC since 2007. During his time with the promotion he’s won against the  likes of Rafael dos Anjos and Renan Barao. He won three straight bouts between 2017-2018, including vicious knockouts of Doo Ho Choi and Josh Emmett, but his streak was cut short as Stephens was defeated via TKO against Jose Aldo.  He also lost his most recent bout with Zabit Magomedsharipov via decision.

UFC Mexico City: Official fight card

In conjunction with the news of Rodriguez vs Stephens the UFC also announced several other fights, which can be seen below.

  • Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Carla Esparza vs. Alexa Grasso
  • Sergio Pettis vs. Alex Perez
  • Sijara Eubanks vs. Bethe Correia
  • Brandon Moreno vs. Askar Askarov
  • Angela Hill vs. Istela Nunes
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Carlos Huachin
  • Marion Reneau vs. Irene Aldana
  • Paul Craig vs. Vinicius Moreira

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com