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Marc Raimondi ESPN Staff Writer
A future title shot might be on the line in a fight of 2 of the leading up-and-coming female skills in the UFC.
Mackenzie Dern will deal with Marina Rodriguez in the primary occasion of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. Both are on winning streaks and are aiming to get an edge in the competitive UFC females’s strawweight department.
ESPN ranks Rodriguez No. 4 and Dern No. 6 at females’s 155 pounds. The winner might discover herself near a title shot, with No. 1 Rose Namajunas resisting No. 2 Zhang Weili at UFC 268 on Nov. 6 in New York. Carla Esparza is ranked No. 3 and she is most likely to get the Namajunas vs. Zhang winner, however the Dern vs. Rodriguez winner would be best in the mix.
Dern (11 -1), was when thought about the very best pound-for-pound ladies’s jiu-jitsu rival worldwide, has actually won 4 straight and is coming off a first-round submission over Nina Nunes in April. The Arizona-born fighter of Brazilian descent battles out of Orange County, California, under coach Jason Parillo, who has actually coached the similarity legends BJ Penn, Michael Bisping and Cris Cyborg. Dern, 28, is 6-1 in the UFC with her only loss pertaining to Amanda Ribas in 2019.
Rodriguez (14 -1 -2) has actually won 2 in a row, most just recently a consentaneous choice win over Michelle Waterson in May. Coming from Brazil, Rodriguez is 4-1-2 in the UFC with a set of draws coming versus Cynthia Calvillo and Randa Markos. Rodriguez, 34, has actually been a professional MMA fighter just given that2015 She contended in Muay Thai prior to that.
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Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez (15 -1 -2, 5-1-2 UFC) def. Mackenzie Dern (11 -2, 6-2 UFC) by consentaneous choice
Welterweight: Randy Brown (14 -4, 8-4 UFC) def. Jared Gooden (18 -7, 1-3 UFC) by consentaneous choice|Enjoy this battle on ESPN
More than 5 years after he was “found” on Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight,” Brown appears to truly be striking his stride.
A positive Brown outpointed Gooden by means of consentaneous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) regardless of a dislocated toe. Brown landed a gorgeous front kick to the face that rocked Gooden in the preliminary, however that kick harmed his huge toe and Brown had concerns tossing best kicks from there.
” Anybody might get it– anyone,” Brown stated. “I’ve been here working for a very long time. “
Gooden attempted to return into the battle with leg kicks, which worked however not almost enough. Brown landed a huge uppercut, some punching mixes and a left head start the 2nd round to preserve control in the battle. In the 3rd, Brown attempted to put it on with a leaping knee and huge boxing mixes, however Gooden held strong. Brown had, nevertheless, currently done ample to win.
Brown, 31, has actually won 2 straight and 4 of his last 5 battles. The Massachusetts-born fighter who matured in New York, has actually just lost to leading welterweight competitor Vicente Luque considering that2018 Gooden, 27, has actually dropped 3 of his last 4 battles. The fighter from Alabama, who trains out of Georgia, missed out on weight by 3 pounds Friday, can be found in at 174 pounds versus the 171- pound non-title welterweight contest.
Men’s flyweight: Matheus Nicolau (17 -3 -1, 5-1 UFC) def. Tim Elliott (18-12 -1, 6-10 UFC) by consentaneous choice|View this battle on ESPN
It appears Nicolau is all set to take his location near the top of the flyweight department– a point he nearly reached prior to getting cut by the UFC in 2019.
Nicolau outpointed the always-game Elliott through consentaneous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in a fight of spotting 125- pound fighters. The UFC cut Nicolau 2 1/2 years earlier when the promo was thinking about dropping the flyweight department completely, however he has actually not lost ever since.
Elliott, a fan preferred, outgrappled Nicolau in the preliminary, however Nicolau rallied with his striking and after that battling in the 3rd round. Later, Nicolau stated he ‘d like to battle anybody above him in the rankings next.
” My objective here is I wish to end up being champ,” Nicolau stated in his postfight interview. “I understand it’s detailed. With extremely difficult and major work, I’ll arrive.”
Nicolau, 28, has actually won 4 in a row, consisting of 2 straight because his go back to the UFC previously this year. The fighter from Brazil has simply one loss because2012 Elliott, a 34- year-old combating out of Missouri, had a two-fight winning streak snapped, and he has actually lost 5 of his last 7.
Women’s flyweight: Mariya Agapova (10 -2, 2-1 UFC) def. Sabina Mazo ( 9-3, 3-3 UFC) by third-round submission ( rear-naked choke)|View this battle on ESPN
This win might be the one individuals return to as a turning point in Agapova’s profession.
Agapova landed a gorgeous mix– a straight left followed by a squashing right hook out of the southpaw position– to drop Mazo. Agapova then caught Mazo’s back and rapidly secured a rear-naked choke. Mazo tapped practically right away, with the surface coming at 53 seconds of the 3rd round.
In both the very first and 2nd rounds, Agapova looked as great as she ever has with her boxing. Mazo pushed forward, however Agapova landed several mixes with her hands, bloodying Mazo late in the.
Agapova, 24, recovered from a sensational upset loss to Shana Dobson in August2020 From Kazakhstan and combating out of Florida, Agapova has actually won 4 of her last 5 battles and need to be thought about a leading possibility now in the females’s flyweight department. Mazo, a 24- year-old from Colombia who combats out of California, has actually dropped 2 directly following a three-fight winning streak.
Men’s bantamweight: Chris Gutierrez (17 -3 -2, 5-1-1 UFC) def. Felipe Colares (10 -3, 2-3 UFC) by split choice|View this battle on ESPN
Gutierrez left after investing the majority of the 3rd round on his back, got up and began landing huge mixes, consisting of a number of spinning elbows blended in as he battled till the last bell.
Colares had his minutes throughout the battle, however eventually the judges offered the nod to Gutierrez through split choice (28-29, 30-27, 30-27). Gutierrez was more active and the more harmful striker throughout, utilizing his leg kicks and boxing mixes to keep the edge.
Gutierrez, 30, is unbeaten in 6 straight UFC battles. Coming from Boston and training out of Factory X in Colorado, Gutierrez has actually lost simply as soon as given that 2017 and might be taking a look at a competitor battle next at 135 pounds. Colares, a 27- year-old from Brazil, has actually rotated wins and losses given that debuting in the UFC in 2019.
Heavyweight: Alexandr Romanov (15 -0, 4-0 UFC) def. Jared Vanderaa (12 -6, 1-2 UFC) by second-round TKO ( strikes) |View this battle on ESPN
The unbeaten Romanov took things to the ground, entered install and continued to whip and bloody Vanderaa. Referee Mark Smith actioned in to stop it at 4: 43 of the 2nd round, providing Romanov the win by means of TKO.
Romanov, 30, has actually won all 4 of his UFC battles. That’s the 3rd longest active winning streak in the heavyweight department, behind just interim champ Ciryl Gane (7 ), champ Francis Ngannou (5) and Marcin Tybura (5 ). The fighter from Romania has actually never ever gone the range in any of his 15 professional battles, and appears like a possible future competitor. Vanderaa, a 29- year-old from Washington, has actually dropped 2 of 3 in the UFC.
” I have actually come here for combating,” Romanov stated in his postfight interview. “What choice will be from UFC’s side, I’m all set to accept anybody’s difficulty.”
Men’s featherweight: Damon Jackson (19 -4 -1, 1 NC; 2-2-1, 1 NC UFC) def. Charles Rosa (14 -6, 4-2-1 UFC) by consentaneous choice|View this battle on ESPN
The win was a huge one for Jackson, however the story of the battle was among the bloodiest rounds in UFC history.
Rosa landed a spinning, upward elbow– similar to the one Yair Rodriguez utilized versus “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung– to open the 3rd round. The blow opened a gnarly cut to the right of Jackson’s best eye.
That was a nasty elbow!! #UFCVegas39
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 9, 2021
To Jackson’s credit, he never ever lost his cool and hung on for a consentaneous choice (29-28, 29-27, 30-27) win. The majority of the 3rd round included Rosa and Jackson grappling in a slippery mess of Jackson’s blood.
Jackson, 33, has actually won 2 of 3 battles in his 2nd UFC run. The Texas citizen holds a 10 -3 record because his very first stint in the UFC, which ended in2016 Rosa, a 35- year-old from Massachusetts battling out of Florida, has actually rotated wins and losses in all of his 11 UFC battles returning to 2014.
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 controlled the entire method with her fumbling and grappling. She transitioned from the back into a gorgeous armbar, and the submission surface came at 4: 14 of the very first round.
Godinez, a 28- year-old Mexican combating out of Vancouver, got her very first UFC success after being up to Jessica Penne by split choice in April. Godinez is a previous LFA strawweight champ. Gomez Juarez, a 36- year-old from Argentina, was making her UFC launching on brief notification.
Godinez lost her initial challenger, Sam Hughes, due to COVID-19 procedures. Gomez Juarez, who was set up for Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday, got phoned for this bout. Gomez Juarez had a three-fight winning streak snapped.
Lightweight: Steve Garcia(12 -4, 1-1 UFC) def. Charlie Ontiveros (11 -8, 0-2 UFC) by second-round TKO( strikes) |See this battle on ESPN
Garcia was dropped two times in the preliminary, however divided Ontiveros open late in the preliminary and ended up on the ground– from install– with punches one round later on. The main outcome was a TKO at 1: 51 of the 2nd round.
Garcia, a 29- year-old from New Mexico, has actually won 5 of 6, however this was his very first UFC success. Ontiveros, a 30- year-old combating out of Texas, has actually lost 2 in a row to begin his UFC run. Ontiveros debuted in the UFC at middleweight last October and, in this battle, completed in a department that’s 30 pounds lighter.