Marina Rodriguez has been anticipating a struggle with Mackenzie Dern for fairly someday.
Marina Rodriguez and Mackenzie Dern will lastly settle their variations within the Octagon Saturday afternoon. At UFC Vegas 39, which airs solely on ESPN+, and like all Battle Evening exhibits, will happen on the UFC APEX, contains a battle of two strawweight lobbying for place as a future title challenger. For Rodriguez, this isn’t simply one other struggle.
Rodriguez has been anticipating a Dern match-up for over a yr, A winner of two-straight, as her most up-to-date win got here through unanimous choice towards Michelle Waterson in Could, Rodriguez now sits at 11-1 and acknowledges the magnitude of what’s at-stake in the principle occasion.
At her pre-fight media scrum, Rodriguez touched on her preparation and the way targeted she goes into the highly-anticipated bout.
“Yeah, for a couple of yr, she has been doing very nicely,” Rodriguez stated through translation. “As she was going up within the rankings, there was an excellent likelihood that we would cross paths, so, she has been on our radar for a bit of bit and we’ve been learning her for fairly a very long time too.”
Marina Rodriguez feels that her fashion differs from Mackenzie Dern.
Rodriguez additionally feels that the struggle is evenly matched, although each girls deliver in numerous expertise that one might haven’t seen from the opposite.
“For positive, it will likely be a battle of types,” Rodriguez defined. “She comes from jiu-jitsu. I come from Muay Thai. In fact, all of us try to be full fighters. I’ve been engaged on my floor sport since I first had the concept of changing into an MMA fighter. In fact, I gained’t attain the period of time Mackenzie has invested in jiu-jitsu. Likewise, she gained’t match my Muay Thai expertise. I’m assured she’s specializing in her standup, with the aim of taking me down.”
A win for Rodriguez will put her at 3-0 since a loss to Waterson, however solely time will inform.
UFC Vegas 39 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 9, stay from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Observe together with FanSided MMA who shall be on-site for all of your information and highlights.