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Back from the Brink, Ray Rodriguez Thanks Cowboy Cerrone for His Career’s Second Life

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Just over a year ago, it would appear that the career of featherweight veteran Ray Rodriguez was coming to a close.

Losses in three of four fights had Rodriguez believing his time in the sport was over, but he was able to rebound and now finds himself on a four-fight winning streak.

“To tell you the truth, before these last four fights, I had retired,” Rodriguez told “I was on a two-fight losing streak and I was just going through a lot of things personally, and wanted to take time away from things.”

What got Rodriguez to turn the corner was time spent at Greg Jackson’s gym in New Mexico. Getting a chance to work alongside UFC veterans like Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Leonard Garcia helped give him a new perspective.

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“I was having a hard time juggling my time being a father and going to school and training full-time,” said Rodriguez. “I saw the way they trained, and how Cowboy was really good at being able to separate his time.

“I finally came to the realization that if I’m going to fight full-time, I’m going to need to be able to live my life too. I’m a full-time student and I’m a father. So I’m able to manage my time a lot better, and once I learned to start doing that properly, the wins started racking up.”

Rodriguez (9-4) will look to keep his winning streak going when he faces Art Arciniega (14-6) in a 145-pound main card bout at Combate Americas 5 on Monday in Los Angeles.

“One thing I found out about Art is that ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly