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A future title shot could be on the line in a fight of two of the best up-and-coming woman skills in the UFC.
Mackenzie Dern will encounter Marina Rodriguez in the major party of UFC Struggle Evening on Saturday in Las Vegas. Both of those are on profitable streaks and are searching to get an edge in the aggressive UFC women’s strawweight division.
ESPN ranks Rodriguez No. 4 and Dern No. 6 at women’s 155 pounds. The winner could obtain herself near to a title shot, with No. 1 Rose Namajunas defending in opposition to No. 2 Zhang Weili at UFC 268 on Nov. 6 in New York. Carla Esparza is ranked No. 3 and she is likely to get the Namajunas vs. Zhang winner, but the Dern vs. Rodriguez winner would be correct in the combine.
Dern (11-1), was when regarded the most effective pound-for-pound women’s jiu-jitsu competitor in the world, has won four straight and is coming off a to start with-spherical submission over Nina Nunes in April. The Arizona indigenous of Brazilian descent fights out of Orange County, California, under coach Jason Parillo, who has coached the likes of legends BJ Penn, Michael Bisping and Cris Cyborg. Dern, 28, is 6-1 in the UFC with her only reduction coming to Amanda Ribas in 2019.
Rodriguez (14-1-2) has won two in a row, most not too long ago a unanimous selection acquire around Michelle Waterson in Could. The Brazil indigenous is 4-1-2 in the UFC with a pair of draws coming in opposition to Cynthia Calvillo and Randa Markos. Rodriguez, 34, has been a pro MMA fighter only since 2015. She competed in Muay Thai prior to that.
In the co-principal event, Randy Brown can take on Jared Gooden in a battle of promising welterweights. Brown (13-4) has gained a few of his earlier 4 fights. Gooden (18-6) has received 4 of six.
Also on the card, Tim Elliott meets Matheus Nicolau in what ought to be an all-motion flyweight scrap, Sabina Mazo will take on Mariya Agapova in a women’s flyweight prospect bout and heavyweight up-and-comer Alexandr Romanov attempts to stay undefeated against Jared Vanderaa.
Comply with along as Marc Raimondi recaps all the motion, and observe the fights on ESPN+.
Struggle in progress
Light-weight: Steve Garcia (11-4, -1 UFC -310) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (11-7, -1 UFC +250)
Nevertheless to occur
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, -260) vs. Felipe Colares (10-2, 2-2 UFC, +210)
Heavyweight: Alexandr Romanov (14-, 3- UFC, -625) vs. Jared Vanderaa (12-5, 1-1 UFC, +450)
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 (5-1, -1 UFC, -270) vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (10-2, – UFC, +220)