Yair Rodriguez, Jeremy Stephens Trade Insults, Homophobic Slurs in Hotel Confrontation Video

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 24, 2019

It didn’t take long for video of the altercation between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens to surface.

Footage of the reported hotel confrontation was released by Spanish-language website Indiscutido on Tuesday, and it seems to support the recent accounts of both fighters. The video is shot from behind Rodriguez as he approaches Stephens while asking, “Are you OK?” Much of the conversation from there is inaudible until Rodriguez says, “What happened?,” which prompts Stephens to shove his UFC Fight Night 159 opponent.

Rodriguez and Stephens are quickly separated, but the two fighters continue to shout at each other. Both men used homophobic slurs during the exchange.

“You’re going to have to live with that for the rest of your f—-ing life,” Rodriguez said. “You’re a f—-ing p—-y. You’re going to have to live with that for the rest of your f—-ing life, p—-y. Not me. I’m fine, motherf—-er.”

Stephens, who has been adamant about regarding an immediate rematch, then tells Rodriguez, “Let’s run it back.”

The UFC Fight Night 159 headliner in Mexico City ended early when Rodriguez accidentally poked Stephens in the eye. “Lil Heathen” was unable to continue and the bout was ruled a no contest after just 15 seconds. Rodriguez was visibly upset and has implied that his opponent was looking for a way out of the fight. Stephens, meanwhile, was pelted with debris from the Mexico City crowd as he exited the arena.

It’s clear that plenty of bad blood remains between the two featherweights regarding the ending of the fight.

“You poked me in the eye, f--got,” Stephens says in the video, referring to the foul. Rodriguez then responds with the same homophobic slur before both men vow to see each other again “soon.” The video ends after Stephens walks away from the scene.

Stephens revealed on Monday that he didn’t suffer any serious damage as a result of the eye poke. Although he initially received a potential six-month suspension, Stephens expects that he can be cleared to fight before the end of the year and targeted several events in the coming months for a potential rematch with Rodriguez.

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