UFC Battle Night time Dern vs. Rodriguez
A future title fight could be at stake in a battle between two of the UFC’s emerging female talents.
Mackenzie Dern will meet Marina Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. Both have streaks of victories behind them and want to gain an advantage in the competitive UFC women’s straw weight class.
ESPN ranks Rodriguez # 4 and Dern # 6 at 155 pounds for women. The winner could be close to a title shot, with Rose Namajuna’s No. 1 defending against No. 2 Zhang Weili at UFC 268 in New York on November 6th. Carla Esparza is in 3rd place and is likely to win the Namajunas vs. Zhang winner, but the Dern vs. Rodriguez winner would be for you.
Dern (11-1) was once considered the best pound-for-pound women’s jiu-jitsu competitor in the world, has won four times in a row and will face Nina Nunes in the first round in April. The Brazilian-born Arizona native fights in Orange County, California under coach Jason Parillo, who has coached legends like BJ Penn, Michael Bisping and Cris Cyborg. Dern, 28, is 6-1 in the UFC with their only 2019 loss to Amanda Ribas.
Rodriguez (14-1-2) has won twice in a row, most recently a unanimous win over Michelle Waterson in May. The native Brazilian is 4-1-2 in the UFC with two draws against Cynthia Calvillo and Randa Markos. Rodriguez, 34, has only been a professional MMA fighter since 2015. Before that, she took part in Muay Thai.
In the co-main event, Randy Brown competes against Jared Gooden in a fight between promising world champions. Brown (13-4) has won three of his last four fights. Gooden (18-6) won four out of six.
Also on the card, Tim Elliott meets Matheus Nicolau in a flyweight action bout, Sabina Mazo faces Mariya Agapova in a women’s flyweight bout, and newly promoted heavyweight Alexandr Romanov tries to remain undefeated against Jared Vanderaa.
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Fight in progress:
Men’s featherweight: Damon Jackson (19-4-1, 1 NC; 2-2-1, 1 NC UFC) def. Charles Rosa (14-6, 4-2-1 UFC) by unanimous decision
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– Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 9, 2021 Loopy Godinez won the first submission win of her career with an armbar against Silvana Gomez Juarez. Josh Hedges / Zuffa LLC
Straw weight: Loopy Godinez (6-1, 1-1 UFC) def. Silvana Gomez Juarez (10-3, 0-1 UFC) by filing in the first round (Arm bar) | Check out this fight on ESPN +
Godinez dominated all the way with her wrestling and grappling. Then she switched to a nice armbar from behind and the submission finish came at 4:14 on the first lap.
Godinez, a 28-year-old Mexican fighting out of Vancouver, took her first UFC win after falling split against Jessica Penne in April. Godinez is a former LFA strawweight champion. Gomez Juarez, a 36-year-old Argentinian, made her UFC debut on short notice.
Godinez lost her original opponent, Sam Hughes, to COVID-19 protocols. Gomez Juarez, who was scheduled for Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday, was called up for the fight. Gomez Juarez had a winning streak of three fights.
After battling early in Round 1, Steve Garcia took control of Charlie Ontiveros in Round 2, claiming a TKO win after scoring a variety of grounded punches, including multiple vicious elbows. Josh Hedges / Zuffa LLC
Lightweight: Steve Garcia (12-4, 1-1 UFC) def. Charlie Ontiveros (11-8, 0-2 UFC) by second-round TKO (Strikes) | Check out this fight on ESPN +
Garcia was dropped twice in the first lap but split Ontiveros late in the first lap and ended up on the ground – from the mount – with punches a lap later. The official result was a TKO at 1:51 of the second round.
Garcia, a 29-year-old native New Mexicoer, has won five out of six, but this was his first UFC win. Ontiveros, a 30-year-old fighter from Texas, has lost two in a row to start his UFC run. Ontiveros made his middleweight debut in the UFC last October and competed in a division that is 30 pounds lighter in that fight.
Straw weight: Mackenzie Dern (11-1, 6-1 UFC; -170) vs. Marina Rodriguez (14-1-2, 4-1-2 UFC; +145)
Welterweight: Randy Brown (13-4, 7-4 UFC; -230) vs. Jared Gooden (18-6, 1-2 UFC; +190)
Flyweight men: Tim Elliott (18-11-1, 6-9 UFC; +170) vs. Matheus Nicolau (16-3-1, 4-1 UFC; -200)
Women’s flyweight: Sabina Mazo (9-2, 3-2 UFC; -170) vs. Mariya Agapova (9-2, 1-1 UFC; +145)
Men’s bantamweight: Chris Gutierrez (16-3-2, 4-1-1 UFC; -260) vs. Felipe Colares (10-2, 2-2 UFC; +210)
Heavyweight: Alexandr Romanov (14-0, 3-0 UFC; -625) vs. Jared Vanderaa (12-5, 1-1 UFC; +450)