The Pro Take: Marina Rodriguez Stifles Mackenzie Dern’s Grappling, Striking Shines

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 08: Marina Rodriguez poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Sometimes, UFC Fight Night main events fly under the radar and seem to lack excitement from certain fans. Yet as the night of the fight inches closer; you can’t help but feel the anticipation begin to grow. UFC Vegas 39 was no different, with a fight between two of the top strawweights in the division, Mackenzie Dern and Marina Rodriguez, topping the bill. Both could potentially see themselves in a contender position with a win inside the UFC Apex on Saturday.

The submission wizard that is Mackenzie Dern had a chance to shine once again at UFC Vegas 39, but this time under the bright lights of the main event. Marina Rodriguez’s style was a massive threat to Dern’s championship aspirations, but with a record of 11-1, and incredible grappling credentials, she appears built for main event status. She also rode a four-fight win streak into the event.

Marina Rodriguez has been on the rise a little while now, and what a way to make a splash in the division. She could switch positions with Dern in the rankings with a win at UFC Vegas 39 and maybe get the buzz around her name when it comes to title contention talk.

After being in danger of the elite grappling that Mackenzie Dern possesses in the second round, Marina Rodriguez settled down and did not give her opponent any momentum. Rodriguez picked Dern apart on the feet, and the underdog cruised to an unanimous decision win.


Check out how the pros reacted to the UFC Vegas 39 main event between Marina Rodriguez and Mackenzie Dern.


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