Marina Rodriguez continued her quick rise on the UFC Strawweight ranking with a well deserved unanimous decision victory over highly regarded grappler Mackenzie Dern on Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 39 (Fight Night 194).
Rodriguez (15-1-2 MMA, 5-1-2 UFC) was able to drag Dern (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) through round the fight to the final bell to earn a Unanimous decision with scores 49-46 from the Judges.
Rodrigues was able to showcase some good striking and also leveled it up with and was able to level it up with some decent ground game when the fight was taken to the canvas. Rodriguez was able to connect some good punches and kicks to a defence grappler in Dern. However, She had to survived a good test from the first two rounds.
Rodriguez fell into some issues in round two, when she go attempted a Judo throw and got caught by Dern, who threw her down and took the top position but didn’t stay long as she reversed and then attacked Rodriguez with a flurry of submission attempts. Rodriguez was clearly in trouble but was able to survive the round.
Dern was able to put Rodriquez in another trouble in round 4 but was unable to complete a submission as time wasn’t enough to completely finish her submission attempt.
Apart from those times on the canvas, Dern was unable to land a good offence as Rodriquez was totally all over her with strikes which were mostly combinations of kicks and punches.
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Rodriguez is now on a three fight winning streak which includes wins over Amanda Ribas and Michelle Waterson. Rodriguez has only lost ones and that is a split decision to Carla Esparza. Dern was handed her first professional career loss with the result and snapped a four fight winning streak which includes three first round Submission Victories.
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