A future title shot could possibly be on the road in a battle of two of the highest up-and-coming feminine abilities within the UFC.
Mackenzie Dern will face Marina Rodriguez in the principle occasion of UFC Combat Night time on Saturday in Las Vegas. Each are on profitable streaks and need to acquire an edge within the aggressive UFC ladies’s strawweight division.
ESPN ranks Rodriguez No. Four and Dern No. 6 at ladies’s 155 kilos. The winner may discover herself near a title shot, with No. 1 Rose Namajunas defending in opposition to No. 2 Zhang Weili at UFC 268 on Nov. 6 in New York. Carla Esparza is ranked No. Three and he or she is more likely to get the Namajunas vs. Zhang winner, however the Dern vs. Rodriguez winner could be proper within the combine.
Dern (11-1), was as soon as thought of the most effective pound-for-pound ladies’s jiu-jitsu competitor on the earth, has gained 4 straight and is coming off a first-round submission over Nina Nunes in April. The Arizona native of Brazilian descent fights out of Orange County, California, below coach Jason Parillo, who has coached the likes of legends BJ Penn, Michael Bisping and Cris Cyborg. Dern, 28, is 6-1 within the UFC along with her solely loss coming to Amanda Ribas in 2019.
Rodriguez (14-1-2) has gained two in a row, most lately a unanimous resolution win over Michelle Waterson in Could. The Brazil native is 4-1-2 within the UFC with a pair of attracts coming in opposition to Cynthia Calvillo and Randa Markos. Rodriguez, 34, has been a professional MMA fighter solely since 2015. She competed in Muay Thai previous to that.
Additionally on the cardboard, Tim Elliott meets Matheus Nicolau in what must be an all-action flyweight scrap, Sabina Mazo takes on Mariya Agapova in a ladies’s flyweight prospect bout and heavyweight up-and-comer Alexandr Romanov tries to remain undefeated in opposition to Jared Vanderaa.
Comply with alongside as Marc Raimondi recaps all of the motion, and watch the fights on ESPN+.
Combat in progress:
The undefeated Romanov took issues to the bottom, obtained into mount and proceeded to maul and bloody Vanderaa. Referee Mark Smith stepped in to cease it at 4:43 of the second spherical, giving Romanov the win through TKO.
Romanov, 30, has gained all 4 of his UFC fights. That is the third longest energetic profitable streak within the heavyweight division, behind solely interim champion Ciryl Gane (7), champion Francis Ngannou (5) and Marcin Tybura (5). The Romania native has by no means gone the gap in any of his 15 professional fights, and appears like a possible future contender. Vanderaa, a 29-year-old Washington native, has dropped two of three within the UFC.
“I’ve come right here for preventing,” Romanov mentioned in his postfight interview. “What resolution will likely be from UFC’s facet, I am prepared to just accept anybody’s problem.”
The win was a giant one for Jackson, however the story of the struggle was one of many bloodiest rounds in UFC historical past.
Rosa landed a spinning, upward elbow — harking back to the one Yair Rodriguez used in opposition to “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung — to open the third spherical. The blow opened up a gnarly reduce to the correct of Jackson’s proper eye.
That was a nasty elbow!! #UFCVegas39
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 9, 2021
To Jackson’s credit score, he by no means misplaced his cool and held on fir a unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-27, 30-27) win. A lot of the third spherical consisted of Rosa and Jackson grappling in a slippery mess of Jackson’s blood.
Jackson, 33, has gained two of three fights in his second UFC run. The Texas resident holds a 10-Three document since his first stint within the UFC, which resulted in 2016. Rosa, a 35-year-old Massachusetts native preventing out of Florida, has alternated wins and losses in all of his 11 UFC fights going again to 2014.
Godinez dominated the entire means along with her wrestling and grappling. Then, she transitioned from the again into a stupendous armbar, and the submission end got here at 4:14 of the primary spherical.
Godinez, a 28-year-old Mexican preventing out of Vancouver, picked up her first UFC victory after falling to Jessica Penne by break up resolution in April. Godinez is a former LFA strawweight champion. Gomez Juarez, a 36-year-old from Argentina, was making her UFC debut on brief discover.
Godinez misplaced her unique opponent, Sam Hughes, as a result of COVID-19 protocols. Gomez Juarez, who was scheduled for Dana White’s Contender Collection on Tuesday, obtained referred to as up for this bout. Gomez Juarez had a three-fight profitable streak snapped.
Garcia was dropped twice within the first spherical, however break up Ontiveros open late within the first spherical and completed on the bottom — from mount — with punches one spherical later. The official end result was a TKO at 1:51 of the second spherical.
Garcia, a 29-year-old New Mexico native, has gained 5 of six, however this was his first UFC victory. Ontiveros, a 30-year-old preventing out of Texas, has misplaced two in a row to begin his UFC run. Ontiveros debuted within the UFC at middleweight final October and, on this struggle, competed in a division that is 30 kilos lighter.
Nonetheless to return
Strawweight: 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-Four UFC; -230) vs. Jared Gooden (18-6, 1-2 UFC; +190)
Males’s flyweight: Tim Elliott (18-11-1, 6-9 UFC; +170) vs. Matheus Nicolau (16-3-1, 4-1 UFC; -200)
Ladies’s flyweight: Sabina Mazo (9-2, 3-2 UFC; -170) vs. Mariya Agapova (9-2, 1-1 UFC; +145)
Males’s bantamweight: Chris Gutierrez (16-3-2, 4-1-1 UFC; -260) vs. Felipe Colares (10-2, 2-2 UFC; +210)