Daniel Rodriguez is a no B.S. kind of guy and he was reminded of that in a recent encounter with a high school classmate.
Rodriguez, 33, lives by a ride-or-die mentality. He is fiercely loyal to those he considers friends. "D-Rod" caught up with Fightful following his come-from-behind knockout win against Dwight Grant at UFC Vegas 7 and shared a story about a recent encounter with a face from the past.
"Actually, earlier today or last night I was talking to some dude. I'm just like that. Some dude said, 'Hey, man. I remember you. You knocked some dude out for bullying me a long time ago in high school. I'll never forget that shit.' I'm that type of person," Rodriguez explained.
That mentality is exactly why Rodriguez is calling out fellow welterweight Mike Perry. "Platinum" is coming off a win against Rodriguez's teammate Mickey Gall.
"He beat my homie. That's pretty much it. I'm that type of person. I ride for mine and shit, dude. Even though Mickey is back on the east coast, I have his back," Rodriguez explained. "Plus, I don't like him. And honestly, I think he'll get me fired up. I think it will be a great fight. It'll be great for the fans. There is no way that fight is not exciting."
Rodriguez developed his no B.S. approach to life on the streets.
"That just comes from me growing up. I got a gang of homies. Like literally, a gang of homies. We ride like that," he shared. "We see someone that beat up on my homie and I see you somewhere else, I'm going to beat up on you. That's family and I take that real serious. I ride for my people and I only fuck with people that will ride for me. You know what I mean?"
UFC Vegas 7 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 22. The card was headlined by Pedro Munhoz vs. Frankie Edgar in the latter's bantamweight debut.