Daniel Rodríguez is reinventing the meaning of always being ready. After a month off, he returns to the UFC Octagon this Saturday against former interim lightweight title contender Kevin Lee.
The original opponent of the ‘Motown Phenomenon’, Sean Brady, had to be withdrawn from the engagement this Saturday and ‘D-Rod’ was ready, as he has shown every time since February 2020, when he debuted in the MMA promoter more biggest in the world.
Since then, Rodriguez has fought six times, with a single loss to Nicolas Dalby.
“This fight is very big, I am ready as always. They gave me three weeks, so I took a little rest and one training. I knew that Sean Brady could not fight, so I saw an opportunity to fight with a big name, “he explained in an interview with ESPN Deportes.
“I will try to fight when I touch him, but my whole last camp was fighting because I was going to fight Abubakar Nurmagomedov. I told my team, let’s get back to where we were. I have the best boxing and I just had to get ready with the fight, ”said Rodríguez, who recently renewed his contract with the promoter in his last fight, a victory over Preston Parsons in July.
Although at the moment he has four more insured fights, Rodríguez knows that at 34 he does not have time to lose and it is time to take advantage of the dream of reaching the Octagon.
“Kevin Lee is not one of the names that I would have thought to fight one day, because he is light, but here I am in the UFC to fight with everyone. I want the big names, because they move me up the rankings. I do this for money, also to be the best, but I have to help my family, ”he shared.
Therefore, Rodríguez will seek to return to combat as soon as possible and the date of November 13 sounds good to him, since the postponed fight between Mexican Yair Rodríguez and Max Holloway is expected to take place that day, according to the president of the UFC, Dana White.
‘D-Rod’ already made a camp in the State of Mexico with the ‘Pantera’ in June, before the announcement of Holloway’s injury and they could repeat the formula.
“I spoke with him a few days ago, he is in Costa Rica and if I do well I will catch up with him at his camp. I always tell everyone that Yair is going to be champion one day, I have trained with many fighters. Sparring with a lot, he is different, he has something that I have never seen in other fighters. He is going to be a champion and he is dedicated to this. He called me to train with him because I have a similar style to Holloway, “he confessed
Rodríguez and Lee meet this Saturday at the UFC Apex in the event starring the Georgian Giga Chikadze and the Brazilian Edson Barboza.