Marina Rodriguez wowed in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 39 this Saturday, placing on a striking center to finest fellow Brazilian Mackenzie Dern. The win better Rodriguez’s UFC mark to 6-1-2 and will see her leap up the UFC’s strawweight rankings.
At this time Rodriguez holds the 6th area in the rankings, behind Dern, Yan Xiaonan, Carla Esparza, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili.
Zhang is because of deal with champion Rose Namajunas at UFC 268 on November 6th. When talking about the rankings at her post-fight interview, Rodriguez argued that there’s one fighter above her in the rankings that does not should have to be there.
Rodriguez singled out previous strawweight champ Jedrzejczyk for criticism, implicating the Polish fighter of ducking her and stating she ought to be eliminated from the UFC’s list of top 15 strawweights since of lack of exercise.
” Joanna currently stated that she does not wish to battle me, and let’s be truthful, she should not even be ranked any longer at this moment due to the fact that she’s run out action for so long,” stated Rodriguez (ht bjpenn). “I think if she does not wish to combat me then I do not wish to combat her too. The issue is that she is holding an extremely crucial area in the rankings and there are numerous women attempting to eliminate 2 or 3 times a year to arrive, which area is locked.”
Jedrzejczyk’s last battle remained in March 2020 versus Zhang for the strawweight title. The bout went the whole 5 rounds with Zhang safeguarding her belt. The exhilarating contest wound up scooping the UFC’s Fight of the Year award.
Rodriguez has actually combated 3 times in 2021 with wins over Dern, Michelle Waterson and Amanda Ribas.
Those 3 wins followed a loss to Carla Esparza in2019 That was the only loss Rodriguez has actually ever suffered in her 18- battle profession. Prior to that Rodriguez combated to draws versus Cynthia Calvillo and Randa Markos and scored wins over Jessica Aguilar and Tecia Torres.