The UFC has long identified the Mexican American market as one it would love to lift from boxing, but that will take Mexican and Mexican-American stars. Extraordinary Mexican boxers include Ricardo Lopez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Salvador Sanchez, Juan Manuel Marquez, and that’s just fighters whose names end in e-z.
So the UFC is intent on finding Mexican stars.
On Saturday night Mexican UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez gets the opportunity to prove he is the next big thing. Yair is ranked #7 in the division and Saturday he faces #2 contender Frankie Edgar. With a win he gets a shot at the winner of champion Jose Aldo vs. Interim Champion Max Holloway. With a loss, he still the #7 contender.
That math is not lost on Edgar, who said Rodriguez is looking to build his name on Edgar’s rep. However, in a recent interview with TMZ, Yair took exception to that.
“I think he’s being kind of disrespectful,” said Rodriguez. “Because he says that I’m in a win-win situation. He says, ‘Alright if he wins he’s going to build his name up with my name.’
“I was thinking, ‘Who the f*** does this guy think he is?’ I don’t care. I’m not looking for his fame. I want my own s***. I want my own stuff.”