With Ko Irwin Rivera e pa ana ki ona raruraru whaiaro, he hoa whawhai hou a Ray Rodriguez mo tana tukinga e whai ake nei. Brazilian Rani Yahya at the face in UFC whawhai po i te 13 o Maehe.

Ko te huringa i whakapuakihia e Rodríguez i runga i ana whatunga hapori.

I ahu mai a Yahya i te tuhi ki a Enrique Barzola i UFC Brasilia. I mua i taua whawhai, i hinga ia ki a Ricky Simon na te whakatau kotahi i te UFC 234. Ka ngana ia ki te whakaoti i tana wahanga auau. E mohiotia ana a Rani mo tana jiujitsu kaha, 20 nga wikitoria i toe mai i te otinga.

He rite tonu te ahuatanga o Rodríguez. Whai muri i tana turakitanga e Tony Gravely i te whakataetae Contender Series. Ko te tangata whenua o Texas i hinga a Andrew Pérez i Combate San Antonio. I tana tuatahitanga UFC mana, i oti ia e Brian Kelleher i UFC Vegas 9. Na, ka ngana ia ki te tiki i tana wikitoria tuatahi i roto i te whakahaere.

Ko te Po Whawhai UFC hei te 13 o Poutu-te-rangi ka tu ki te waahi ka tohua.