Stephens vs. Rodriguez 2 is booked…should it be?

Jeremy Stephens vs. Yair Rodriguez
Sep 20, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Yair Rodriguez (left) and Jeremy Stephens (right) participate in staredowns following weigh ins for UFC Fight Night at JW Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Stephens and Yair Rodriguez will have a rematch at UFC Boston, after their inconclusive fight at UFC Mexico City. Is it a good idea to once again book this fight?

Is it a good idea to book Stephens vs. Rodriguez 2?

Note: These answers were submitted before Stephens vs. Rodriguez 2 was reportedly booked. 

Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist

Yes, but only if Stephens is cleared and with the added stipulation that a eyepoke from Rodriguez is an automatic loss and a heavy fine. Maybe even a suspension. I might be going overboard but that was such egregious actions from Rodriguez. I’m just sick of eyepokes.

Michael Hiscoe MMATorch Columnist

They can, and they may as well, but it’s not crucial that they do rematch Stephens and Rodriguez. This isn’t like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson where we need to keep booking the fight as many times as it takes until it happens. This is just a fight between two ranked but not top tier featherweights who you can swap out with two other similarly positioned fighters.

Sean Covington MMATorch Contributor

Absolutely. I don’t care about either fighter because they are just gatekeepers but the UFC always needs solid gatekeepers. It would be best not to headline an event with this fight though. The card this fight was on was beyond weak and the rematch between these two isn’t going to be a classic however, this may be a great fight to start the main card of a stacked event, maybe something with Usman and Jones on it.

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