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Yair Rodriguez Plans To Finish Max Holloway Late Ahead Of UFC Vegas 42 Headliner

Slated to make his long-awaited Octagon return this weekend in the main event of UFC Vegas 42 — the #3 ranked featherweight contender, Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriguez plans to become the first to finish former featherweight titleholder, the #1 ranked, Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway in their main event clash.

The Chihuahua native has seen a whereabouts violation from USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) halt his activity in the promotion, ruling him out of competition for the entire year the previous annum.

Rodriguez’s last outing came back in November 2019 at UFC Fight Night Boston where he took home a unanimous decision victory over two-time foe, Jeremy Stephens in a co-headlining tilt.

Rodriguez was expected to feature against longtime rival, Zabit Magomedsharipov on three separate occasions last year, one of which came due to an ankle injury suffered by the former.

He was then slated to headline a July event against the former champion, Holloway, until the bout was pushed back to this weekend after the Hawaiian had suffered an injury of his own.

Boasting an 8-1-1 promotional record, Rodriguez plans to improve on his run with the UFC this weekend at the UFC Apex facility — claiming he plans to become the first to finish the fan favorite, Holloway in professional mixed martial arts, but expects any sort of stoppage victory to come late into the five round headliner.

I’m gonna finish him,” Rodriguez told assembled media at his media availability today. “I think I’m gonna go there and I’m gonna finish him and finish the fight. That’s what I’m thinking right now — I see the fight probably going long but not to the end. I’m gonna finish him before (the end).

In his sole Octagon defeat, Rodriguez dropped a UFC 211 doctor’s stoppage loss to former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar. The 29-year-old striker holds other promotional wins over the likes of Andre Fili, Dan Hooker, Alex Caceres, B.J. Penn, and a buzzer-beating upward elbow knockout win over Chan Sung Jung.

As for the former champion, Holloway, his most recent Octagon outing came in the form of a stunning five round unanimous decision victory over Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC on ABC 1 in January on ‘Fight Island’.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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