Yair Rodriguez didn’t wait long to address his historical win at UFC Denver on Saturday night.
The winner of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America took to Instagram while laying on a hospital bed in Denver to thank his supporters following his insane elbow knockout of veteran Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez. The Mexican fighter earned $100,000 in Fight Night bonuses for both Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night.
Below is Rodriguez’s full statement translated from Spanish to English by MMA Fighting:
“Hey, to all the beautiful people who supported me for this fight, everyone that has kept faith in me, I just want to say thank you so much, God bless.
It was a short notice fight, it’s been a very rough time in my life and career in the last few months, but I’m very happy to be able to have my job and my loved ones with me. I’m very happy to have your support and I hope it remains that way.
I hope you guys liked the fight, right now I’m here (at the hospital) about to take X-rays of my feet and nose. My respects to ‘Korean Zombie,’ he’s a warrior and I send him all my respect, love and appreciation and to his team as well.
Greetings to all the people in Korea, God bless.”
Rodriguez hadn’t fought since May 2017 where he was dominated by former champ Frankie Edgar. The win over Korean Zombie marks Rodriguez’s first fight since being released and re-signed to the promotion in the summer due to contract disputes involving potential fights with Zabit Magomedsharipov and Ricardo Lamas.