Yair Rodriguez Quotes

When I die, I want my name to stay here just like Muhammad Ali did. I want to be that guy. I want to be the guy who your kids or your friends’ kids follow because I don’t have any tattoos.

Yair Rodriguez

Max had a lot of experience on me and he taught me some things. He showed me that I needed to keep my strategy and stick to my strategy instead of going too wild on things like jumping around too much or doing crazy stuff.

Yair Rodriguez

People know me as a professional fighter and when you are in the UFC, you are very visible. But I’m not just a fighter. I’m a man and I have a personal life, too. And I don’t have to share every detail of my personal life with the public.

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If I become a champion, if I become the first Mexican UFC champion, I can become bigger because I will be the first one. There are already a lot of Mexican boxers, great boxers. I’m not saying Canelo is not great. He’s great. But I think I can become bigger than that because I’ll be the first one.

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At the level I want to be at, you have to be ready for anything.

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Training is training, fighting is fighting. It’s two different things.

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My feet are swollen, and I’m always on crutches after my fights.

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I work hard every day – like, really, really hard.

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Once you’re a fighter you can not feel bad over a guy. You have to keep on kicking him, no matter what.

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I want to be an example for all the people around the world. I want to be that guy. I know it’s going to be hard. I know a lot of people aren’t going to like it, but I just want to keep working hard.

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A loss is a good learning experience if you take it that way, but it also isn’t a win.

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Everybody loses.

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The loss against Frankie Edgar was pretty tough on me, of course.

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How often have you seen a fighter talking about the next fight and he didn’t win the fight he was in? You have to take care of business first and then worry about everything else later.

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I like to fight short guys because my range helps me out a lot.

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Max Holloway is a huge name out there and I’m really happy to have the opportunity to fight him.

Yair Rodriguez

I met BJ once down in Albuquerque, it was before my fight with Andre Fili. I met him there, we did a little bit of shadow boxing, he didn’t really know me back then but now I’m going to fight him so this is a pretty big deal for me. I used to watch his fights on YouTube and I used to learn from him.

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There’s a lot of things that need to happen in order for me to get to the title shot.

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Max has earned all my respect, since I started fighting, before I got to the UFC. He is one of the best pound-for-pound in history. Who wouldn’t like to fight him? That’s how I see it.

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I’m a different kind of fighter. I can fight whatever, whoever I want.

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You always have to give the benefit of the doubt to your opponent, how he’s feeling.

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In an ideal scenario, I would like to face the champion, right? That’s the fight everybody wants.

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People live in the past too much. They live the past.

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I give my all to this career and to this life and I’ve sacrificed a lot of things that a lot of people aren’t willing to do.

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I’ve been learning, this is one of the things that I’ve been learning: If you are living in the past, you’re depressed. If you are living in the future, you have anxiety.

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I’m the guy who, I never say much, I just act.

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I wake up thinking about it, I eat thinking of it, and I train thinking all my life is around just one thing, and that’s to become the best fighter in the world. That’s it.

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Jeremy Stephens is a fight I didn’t want to take because he was behind me on the rankings. Not because of his toughness or whatever.

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If you live in the present, you are happy.

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Everybody has their own battles to deal with.

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A lot of people from Brazil and Russia and Europe, they follow me; they send me messages and follow me. I feel blessed.

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I want to be the next Muhammad Ali.

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I think Josh Emmett is right there. I have said before that he could fight for the title, I could fight for the title.

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Stylistically, talking about styles, Brian Ortega is a super hard opponent and he’s a really explosive guy.

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We’re out there exposed and vulnerable to the world, but this sport, I’m telling you, man, there’s nothing like it.

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I’m an MMA fighter, bro. It’s what I do, it’s what I live for. This is what brings food to my table and I train everyday, seven days a week.

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You know you’re going to get hit when you fight and if you don’t want to get hit, you shouldn’t be in this sport.

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Max Holloway is one of the greatest in history.

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Everybody thinks I’m fast, but they don’t know how fast I am until they fight me. Whenever they fight me, they can never find me.

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I’ve shared it with my coaches and my training partners, and I always tell them, ‘Don’t you dare touch my face. If you hit me, I’m going to hit you.’ That’s how injuries start.

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I think Frankie Edgar has the potential for me to knock him out because the way that he moves and he’s short.

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They pay me to fight once I’m up in the cage.

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That’s why we are here: to prove ourselves against the best fighters in history, in the world.

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You have to prepare yourself for everyone, and I am prepared for anything.

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Every time I step into that cage, I show what I’m capable of.

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I don’t have nothing to prove.

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I’ve been in contact sports since I was 5 years old.

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For me, personally, it means a lot beating a legend like B.J. Penn.

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A loss doesn’t mean anything. It just means that you’re going to learn from it, and it won’t happen to you ever again.

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Reactionally, we’ll be there and you won’t forget how to fight. You get more time to prepare for yourself. It’s nothing crazy taking some time off and coming back.

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I’m OK with whatever, people are always going to talk and think or say or do things, but my job is to show them different all the time. That’s what I’m here for.

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Every time, I train things differently with my coach and work on new things, so I don’t always come in with the same strategy. We’re always working on new things, trying to be creative.

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I train hard, I work every single day, my coaches help me out, my people, thank you for everything.

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I was born a fighter, I’ll be a fighter, and I’m a champion and I know I’m a champion already.

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It doesn’t matter who it is, I’m going to respect him the same way.

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I’ve been putting myself in bad scenarios, and all I can think about is growth, growth inside myself, outside myself, my body, my mind.

Yair Rodriguez

Many things that I do during my fights I don’t really do here in my trainings because I can hurt my partners or myself.

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I’m looking to fight the best guys in the world.

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I want to fight the best B.J Penn.

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That’s the reason why you don’t make it to the fights because you go in there, and you want to show off in the gym with someone else and then there are injuries.

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It makes sense to me that the winner between me and Frankie would face the winner of Aldo and Max. That’s what I’m looking for, of course.

Yair Rodriguez

It’s better to take it slowly. You learn what you’re doing. The mistakes you make, you take it better.

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All of what I’m doing in my personal life is for fighting. Of course, I’m also doing it because I want to, but it’s all based on fighting. Fighting is the most important.

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Anybody could fight for the title, it’s just a matter of timing.

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This is just sport for me, nothing more than that.

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I like flashy techniques like jumping, aerial techniques. But I also like submissions.

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I used to watch Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Cro Cop and all these guys fight back in the day.

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Each fight I try to be different.

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I think I’m just a really lucky guy and that’s why I got in the No. 1 contender spot.

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I’ve been doing martial arts since I was five, so for me competition is something that’s very common.

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Not all the fighters in the UFC have the same record as me.

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I’m a fighter and you have to be worried about me in many areas of this fighting game.

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Of course, you always want more because you think you deserve more. It’s just the way that it is. Nobody is happy with whatever they have.

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In the Frankie Edgar fight, my eye was completely closed. I couldn’t see nothing, but I was willing to keep on going. Not everybody’s the same.

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I respect everyone out there.

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If you have a problem with me, then we’ll have a problem. But if not, I don’t have problems.

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I try to save myself from as much impact as I can possibly have to my head.

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I used to think differently. Before, it was ‘Oh, I have to get the title.’ That mindset is kind of gone.

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I speak Spanish and English.

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Sometimes you get in there and the adrenaline is going and you fight a certain way and you wind up taking damage you could have avoided.

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I’m fine with my family before the fight. I tell everybody that I love them.

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I love motocross; everything that has to do with ATVs. Also hiking or running. I love swimming.

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I think during the process of growing and becoming a star, you just stop trusting a lot of people.

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I read a lot of books and I’ve read a lot about how to understand and interpret body language. I’ve studied that.

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I want to learn and fix all the holes in my game, the way I always fix them.

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My father taught me how to win and how to lose, and I’m always respectful no matter what happens.

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I actually like that – I like taking my time off.

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I never overestimate my opponents.

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You gotta understand this sport is so dangerous and things can happen. You gotta accept that before you go in there.

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In the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ house I had these relationships with my opponents, they were my friends, and after the fight, nothing happened. Whatever had to happen happened and we became even more friends after that.

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A lot of people support me because of that, because I bring an interesting style when I’m fighting. And I guess a lot of people like to see that because it’s not very usual to see.

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Of course, Frankie Edgar’s experience was a factor in that fight, but I have to be ready. If I’m fighting at the top, I have to be ready.

Yair Rodriguez

I started putting myself in a bubble and it really affected me.

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I’m not the kind of fighter who’s going to ask for a guy next. I’m just not that kind of guy.

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I’ve been winning and losing all my life.

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There is some things that you’ll never heal.

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Of course, I want to fight for the title.

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I know I’m still a rising star for the sport or whatever, but I know I have done a lot already.

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I accepted to fight Ricardo Lamas, but then I later learned that he didn’t take the fight with me.

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