Edgar, who has won four of his past five fights, will square off against Rodriguez, who has won eight straight fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 211 live blog below.
Round 1: This should be a good one. Chris Reed is the referee. Thy touch gloves, and Edgar — flickering — right to work from center. They trade, and a right hand lands for Edgar. Rodriguez with a back elbow, and Edgar drops low and he's trying for a takedown. They are on fence, and Edgar has a single leg. Rodriguez looks for a guillotine, and as he does Edgar dumps him to the canvas. Edgar landing some ground and pound, and Rodriguez flailing on the fence. He's throwing upward punches, and now hammerfists. He's controlling Edgar's posture — or at least trying. Edgar pries himself loose enough to land some shots, big ones. He postures up, and again rains down punches. Edgar just straight pressuring here. Now Rodriguez looks for an armbar, and Edgar lifts him off his back and then dumps him down again. Edgar having one hell of a round. Elbows from the top. Edgar all offense, all assault so far. Rodriguez hasn't found himself in this position at all thus far in his young career. The G&P continues, and with ferocity. Edgar just blasting away. Rodriguez trying to do something — anything — from bottom, but so far he's just taking everything on the chin. Round ends with Edgar on top, and in control. Rodriguez's eye is a total mess. Blood, hematoma, nearly shut. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Edgar, 10-8.
Round 2: Spinning kick from Rodriguez and that sent Edgar back, but he now goes right in and takes Rodriguez down. As he does, Rodriguez grabs his leg, and he's trying to torque it, but Edgar just as cool as you please, fending off the kneebar He's not out of the woods, yet, as Rodriguez is still bending. Now Edgar's out, and Edgar lands a slew of punches. Full mount! Rodriguez trying to survive, and as he rolls Edgar has his back. Rodriguez on his knees, and they scramble. End up momentarily in a north-south. Back to top for Rodriguez, and Edgar punishing Rodriguez. His eye is a mess, and Edgar just targeting that. Edgar with a sustained barrage, though Rodriguez lands a nice punch from bottom. He's definitely showing his spirit here. Edgar continues his assault on top. Edgar just pouring it on. Relentless Edgar still at it, and Rodriguez trying to stay active, looking to catch him sloppy in something. Rounds going to end in the same way the first did, with Edgar just blasting him nine ways from Tuesday. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Edgar, 10-8 (20-16 overall)
Fight has been stopped between rounds, as Rodriguez (eye) deemed unable to continue.
UFC 211 official results: Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of R2.