Edgar went back to the same formula in round two, scooping Rodriguez into the air and planting him on the mat. Frankie got in quality ground-and-pound when postured up, while Rodriguez was moving his legs around in search of a submission. Rodriguez tried to scramble to a better position but Edgar's elite BJJ skills were too much. Yair Rodriguez is an exciting 24-year-old Mexican star who is undefeated in the Octagon, accumulating performance bonuses left and right. Edgar landed vicious elbows, heavy combos and non-stop punishment for the majority of the first round, leaving Rodriguez's left eye unrecognizable (see the pic here). Edgar targeted the other eye with elbows. Edgar would like nothing more than to fight the victor. Rodriguez goes for the takedown but Rodriguez stuffs it. Edgar has Rodriguez pressured against the cage and gets the takedown. He stays calm though and despite Rodriguez trying to change things up with the kneebar, Edgar is eventually able to break free, starts landing punches to Rodriguez's swollen eye and then takes full mount.
But as Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) showed in a dominant display of ground-and-pound violence that forced a stoppage between rounds, maybe Rodriguez (10-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) isn't ready for that next level of competition just yet.More news: 'US in no position to lecture other countries on human rights'
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Octagon interviewer Joe Rogan then shifted the conversation to what is next for Edgar, who at least remains in the thick of title talk, although he knows getting a third fight with Aldo may not be at the top of the UFC's matchmaking list.
Although he valiantly survived the second round, Rodriguez's eye resembled that of Adonis Creed's against Ricky Conlan in the latest Rocky movie, forcing the ringside doctor to rightly call a halt to the action. Now he will have a chance to defeat another name opponent and one at the top of his game.