Yair Rodriguez Muslim faith made headlines after it was revealed on Twitter. Yair Raziel Rodriguez Portillo is a mixed martial artist who ranks 2nd in the UFC Featherweight division.
Rodriguez made his professional MMA debut on October 10, 2011, at the Mexican Fighter Promotion 8 against Jonathan Guzman and won via unanimous decision.
He entered UFC on November 15, 2014, as the finalist in The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America tournament.He won the Finals at UFC 180, where he fought Leonardo Morales.
The champion has fought 18 professional Fights in MMA and has managed to win 14 of them with three losses and 1 NC. His knockout against Chan Sung Jung in 2018 was named the “Knockout of the Year.”
Yair Rodríguez Religion – is He Muslim?
No, Yair Rodriguez is not Muslim. The rumor about his religion started after he was mentioned in the Muslim UFC fighters’ account on Twitter.
The confusion started because the fighter he was fighting, Zabit Magomedsharipov, was the one who was Muslim. The tweet mentioned both fighters for their upcoming fight on September 8, 2018.
However, the fight could not happen as Rodriguez pulled out of the fight citing injury on August 23.
Although it is believed by many that Rodriguez is a Christian, he has not shared his faith publicly. The Portillo families from Chihuahua, Mexico, are mostly Christian. So it won’t be far-fetched to assume he is a Christian. Yair Rodriguez’s Muslim beliefs were misconstrued.
The UFC fighter is Mexican, as he is from Mexico. Yair belongs to the Portillo family, which itself is of Castilian origin.
It is hard to point out exactly which ethnic group he belongs to because of the diverse culture in Mexico.
Yair has earned the nickname “El Pantera” meaning “The Panther”. The fights of El Pantera has a huge following in his home country. We can even say he is representing his motherland inside the cage.
The Latin combatant can be seen proudly wearing the colors of Mexico on his Social media and even before and after his fights in the cage.
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Yair Rodríguez- Family background
Yair Rodriguez was born on October 6, 1992 in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico to Rigoberto Rodriguez Olivas and Norma Alicia Portillo.
He started Taekwondo at the early age of five and currently hold a Blackbelt.
The 30 years old fighter has one brother and one sister as his siblings. His Cousin Misael Rodriguez is also a fighter who actually won the bronze medal for Mexico in 2016 Summer Olympic. so, there is a culture of combat in the family.
He has kept his family life private and has not shared much about the work of his father and mother.
He has not revealed his relationship status but it is rumored that he is dating 26 years old UFC fighter, Alexa Grasso . The couple has been seen together in public many times.
Although the Mexican fighters look good together, they both have been silent about their rumored relationship.
The silence can be a strategy used by the fighters to stay out of the controversies and focus on their career. We can only speculate.
Yair Rodriguez upcoming fight
Yair Rodriguez is fighting the American fighter Josh Emmett. Emmett ranks 5th in UFC Featherweight Division. His current record is 18-2-0.
The fighters will go head to head in UFC 284 on Sunday, Feb 12, in the RAC Arena, Perth, Australia. Another main event to look out for at the UFC 284 is the face off between Islam Makhachev Vs Alexander Volkanovski.
The hype for the fight between Rodriguez and Emmett is very high as both fighters won their last fight. Rodriguez’s last fight was against Brian Ortega which he won via Knockout.
UFC 284 and the Mexican combatant is something we must keep an eye on.