Ray Rodriguez Eyes Highlight-Reel Finish at Combate Americas on Friday & UFC Deal in 2020
CALIFORNIA — Ray Rodriguez didn’t leave Las Vegas with a UFC contract after his summertime bout on Dana White’s Contender Series. But the dynamic Team Iridium bantamweight contender still believes his experience was a positive one.
“I think the world saw what Ray Rodriquez brings to the cage. I proved that I’m ready to take the next step to the international stage,” Rodriguez says in retrospect.
“This is a game of inches and I made too many mistakes on fight night,” he adds. “I had his back twice and, had I made the slight adjustments necessary, I would’ve put myself in a really good position to win the fight. That’s the biggest takeaway; in that split second that my mind says go, that’s the time to go.”
Rodriguez is back in action Friday evening for Combate Americas in his native San Antonio. He’s looking to improve to 16-6 in front of his local fans.
He’s not overlooking Friday’s fight, but “The Judge” has high hopes for 2020.
“I definitely see myself in the UFC in the next year,” Rodriguez says. “We’re going to smash this kid, I hope I get a highlight-reel finish, which is what I’m always going for, and I’m just going to keep grinding and be ready when that call comes in.”
Iridium Sports Agency is a full-service professional management firm. Founded in 2009 by attorney Jason House, Iridium represents more than 75 fighters in the UFC, Bellator and ProFightLeague. Iridium's team of agents is devoted to assisting athletes in all aspects of their professional lives.