UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Yair Rodríguez’s custom-made Mexico-themed belt is truly one of a kind.
Rodríguez faces UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski for the unified featherweight title this Saturday at UFC 290. The fight headlines one of the biggest cards of the year to cap off International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
It’s been a long road to stardom for Rodríguez; who overcame numerous early career obstacles to become one of the UFC’s most explosive athletes. Recent wins over Brian Ortega and Josh Emmett propelled him to a matchup with the UFC’s pound-for-pound king.
Leading up to UFC 290, Rodríguez dropped jaws on social media when he showcased a custom UFC belt featuring the colors of Mexico’s flag. Despite some hate towards the custom belt in light of this weekend’s fights, the majority of the reception was positive.
Every Part Of Yair Rodríguez’s Mexico Belt Is Hand-Made
During his UFC 290 pre-fight media day, Rodríguez explained that the custom belt is made by the family who inspired the hit animated movie ‘Coco’.
Each part is handmade, as Rodríguez explained, by artists. The detail it has, including the colors, are made naturally and not from chemicals.
Rodríguez is one of three current UFC titleholders from Mexico. UFC Strawweight Champion Alexa Grasso will return later this year, and UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno faces Alexandre Pantoja in the UFC 290 co-main event.
The 30-year-old Rodríguez is 15-3-1 during his professional career; with wins over the likes of BJ Penn, The Korean Zombie, and Jeremy Stephens. He made his UFC debut at UFC 180 after showcasing on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.
Rodríguez has the chance to shock the MMA world this weekend with his custom belt in tow. He’s looking to further move Mexican MMA forward by supplanting the UFC’s pound-for-pound best.
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