The new documentary film El Pantera is about Mexican UFC fighter Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez. The film follows Rodriguez on his journey to become a UFC champion while also addressing obstacles he has faced including immigration, racism and the quest to become the first ever Mexican born UFC champ.
Rodriguez has faced lots of adversity over the last year in his UFC career from being let go by the company in early 2018 to being reinstated this summer to face Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228 only to have to pull out a week from the fight due to a training injury. There is a lot at stake for Rodriguez this weekend at UFC Denver and his performance should give us an indicator to his future in MMA.
Regardless of the outcome, Rodriguez continues to be a polarizing figure inside and outside the Octagon. His journey to the UFC is a modern day American dream story and couldn’t be more timely in today’s current political climate.
The documentary film El Pantera details Rodriguez’ incredible story to get to the UFC including Rodriguez having to get his dad’s permission to do his first MMA fight in Parral, Mexico under the Mexican’s Fighter’s Promotion (FMP) to being one of twelve guys selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America reality show.
Some of Rodriguez’ early highlight real knockouts from his days in the FMP promotion are shown in the documentary and demonstrate why he became such a huge star in Mexico and the UFC today.
UFC Denver matches Rodriguez up to another immigrant in Chan Sung Jung of South Korea and proves that top-level talent from around the world will continue to be a staple of UFC shows to come.
El Pantera is now available to rent or buy on all major digital platforms.
Google Play: https://goo.gl/p1kGRt
Also available on PlayStation
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/6/2018