Yair Rodriguez was still smiling after playing for 25 minutes with former Featherweight Champion Max Holloway in a contender for Fight of the Year at UFC Vegas 42.
Once the fight ended, Rodriguez was rushed to a local hospital where he made a post-fight statement live on Instagram.
“Thank you all for being there for me and my family,” Rodriguez said from his hospital bed. “I’m kind of fucking fucked up right now, I don’t even know what I’m saying. I just want to say it was an amazing fight. Just keep going guys. Thanks very much.”
Despite being out for the past two years, Rodriguez managed to give Holloway everything he could handle from the first switch to the last. Ultimately he left with one defeat on his record, but it was hard to imagine that he lost the most ground at featherweight after marginalizing Holloway and back again during their five round war.
Previously on the UFC Vegas 42 broadcast, Rodriguez mentioned that he thought he might have done enough to get the win, but there was certainly no ill will towards Holloway after sharing the cage with him in the main event.
After the fight ended, Rodriguez had to lean on his coaches for support and revealed a cruel, swollen foot. His kick game was a big part of the strategy used to fight Holloway.
In the hospital, Rodriguez showed off the foot, which looked about three sizes larger than when the fight began in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Despite the loss, Rodriguez is still a major player at 145 pounds in the UFC with a 2-1 record with one no competition in his last four bouts while also earning four post-bout bonuses along the way.