Neither Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez, 26, of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico nor Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens, 33, of Des Moines, Iowa, United States won at “UFC Fight Night 159” in Mexico City, Mexico. Now, the American mixed martial artist is being accused of calling his Mexican opponent the homophobic F word one day before their bout.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship held “UFC Fight Night 159” at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City on September 21, 2019. Much to the dismay of the audience, the featherweight bout between Rodriguez and Stephens, the main event of the evening, ended in a No Contest due to accidental eye poke after only 15 seconds in the first round.
After “UFC Fight Night 159,” Stephens now has 28 wins, 16 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. He has been competing in the UFC since 2007. It was Stephens’ 31st outing in the promotion.
On the other hand, Rodriguez now has 11 wins, 2 losses, 0 draw and No Contest. He made his UFC debut in 2014.
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“UFC Fight Night 159” marked Rodriguez’s ninth UFC bout not including his two fights in “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” Season 1 in 2014.
On September 22, 2019, Rodriguez was accompanied by his entourage when he approached Stephens in the lobby of their hotel in Mexico. The encounter was all on video.
Things escalated when Stephens shoved Rodriguez in the chest. The Mexican fighter told his American rival,
“F–king p—y, Bro,” Rodriguez told Stephens. “You’re gonna have to live with that for the rest of your f–king life.”
“Let’s run it back,” Stephens replied. Rodriguez then said the altercation should have happened the day before and asked, “How bout yesterday?”
“You poked me in the eye, f—-t,” Stephens told Rodriguez. “You poked me in the f–king eye.”
Rodriguez repeated the homophobic word back to Stephens. Watch the whole encounter here: