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 Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. Both are on profitable streaks and want to achieve an edge within the aggressive UFC ladies’s strawweight division.
ESPN ranks Rodriguez No. 4 and Dern No. 6 at ladies’s 155 kilos. The winner might discover herself near a title shot, with No. 1 Rose Namajunas defending towards No. 2 Zhang Weili at UFC 268 on Nov. 6 in New York. Carla Esparza is ranked No. 3 and he or she is more likely to get the Namajunas vs. Zhang winner, however the Dern vs. Rodriguez winner can be proper within the combine.
Dern (11-1), was as soon as thought-about the perfect 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, beneath 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 determination win over Michelle Waterson in May. The Brazil native is 4-1-2 within the UFC with a pair of attracts coming towards Cynthia Calvillo and Randa Markos. Rodriguez, 34, has been a professional MMA fighter solely since 2015. She competed in Muay Thai previous to that.
In the co-main occasion, Randy Brown takes on Jared Gooden in a battle of promising welterweights. Brown (13-4) has gained three of his previous 4 fights. Gooden (18-6) has gained 4 of six.
Also on the cardboard, Tim Elliott meets Matheus Nicolau in what ought to 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 towards Jared Vanderaa.
Follow alongside as Marc Raimondi recaps all of the motion, and watch the fights on ESPN+.
Fight in progress:
Men’s featherweight: Charles Rosa (14-5, 4-1-1 UFC; +150) vs. Damon Jackson (18-4-1, 1 NC; 1-2-1, 1 NC UFC; -175)
Strawweight: Loopy Godinez (6-1, 1-1 UFC) def. Silvana Gomez Juarez (10-3, 0-1 UFC) by first-round submission (armbar) | Watch this battle on ESPN+
Godinez dominated the entire manner 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 combating out of Vancouver, picked up her first UFC victory after falling to Jessica Penne by cut up determination 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 authentic opponent, Sam Hughes, on account of COVID-19 protocols. Gomez Juarez, who was scheduled for Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday, acquired known as up for this bout. Gomez Juarez had a three-fight profitable streak snapped.
Lightweight: Steve Garcia (12-4, 1-1 UFC) def. Charlie Ontiveros (11-8, 0-2 UFC) by second-round TKO (strikes) | Watch this battle on ESPN+
Garcia was dropped twice within the first spherical, however cut up Ontiveros open late within the first spherical and completed on the bottom — from mount — with punches one spherical later. The official consequence 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 combating 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 battle, competed in a division that is 30 kilos lighter.
Still 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, 7-4 UFC; -230) vs. Jared Gooden (18-6, 1-2 UFC; +190)
Men’s flyweight: 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)