Report: Zabit Magomedsharipov, Yair Rodriguez to Clash at UFC 227 in Los Angeles

By Tristen Critchfield May 8, 2018

An intriguing featherweight bout has been added to the UFC 227 lineup.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Yair Rodriguez will square off on Aug. 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 145-pound bout has not been formally announced by the promotion.

UFC 227 is headlined by a bantamweight championship rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. The proposed pay-per-view card could also include a lightweight showdown between Georges St. Pierre and Nate Diaz as well as a light heavyweight duel pitting Alexander Gustafsson against Luke Rockhold, UFC President Dana White recently confirmed.

Magomed Sharipov has established himself as a rising star in the division after beginning his UFC tenure with victories over Mike Santiago, Sheymon Moraes and Kyle Bochniak. The Dagestani fighter is 15-1 as a professional, with 12 of those triumphs coming via knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, generated plenty of hype after beginning his Octagon career with six triumphs in a row, as he bested the likes of B.J. Penn, Alex Caceres, Andre Fili and Dan Hooker along the way. That momentum slowed in his most recent outing, however, as the Mexican star suffered a lopsided second-round TKO defeat to Frankie Edgar at UFC 211.


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