UFC Interim Featherweight Champ Yair Rodriguez Still Has Something to Prove

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Sports Illustrated

By Justin Barrasso Still in disbelief days after defeating Josh Emmett at UFC 284, the new Mexican titleholder is far from finished. View the original article to see embedded media. Yair Rodriguez has fought for the UFC since 2014. Often overlooked in the featherweight division during the course of his first 12 fights—nine of which were wins—he was not going to let his title shot slip away. And he didn’t. Even if he hardly remembers it. Rodriguez won the interim featherweight title this past Saturday at UFC 284, defeating Josh Emmett by submission after locking a triangle choke in the second r…

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