Marina Rodriguez retains climbing up the UFC ladder.
The UFC girls’s strawweight contender defeated former Invicta FC campion Michelle Waterson on Saturday. Rodriguez (14-1-2 MMA, 4-1-2 UFC) outpointed Waterson (18-9 MMA, 6-5 UFC) in a unanimous choice that learn 48-47 and a pair of 49-46 on the three judges’ scorecards.
The ladies’s flyweight bout was the UFC on ESPN 24 primary occasion on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It aired on ESPN following prelims on ESPN+.
It was a tricky and gritty struggle that had Rodriguez’s energy and boxing shine by means of.
The primary two rounds of the struggle had been pretty even and aggressive. Waterson appeared to remain on the surface whereas Rodriguez marched ahead. The previous Invicta FC did job utilizing her kicks to the physique and face. Rodriguez appeared to have the same quantity of quantity competed to Waterson, however her energy was considerably greater, inflicting probably the most harm.
Within the third spherical, Rodriguez actually took it to Waterson. The Brazilian marched ahead and landed heavy mixtures all by means of the spherical. Waterson tried to maintain Rodriguez at bay with kicks and backward motion, however Rodriguez did job at reducing the octagon and connecting laborious. Waterson was battered and bloodied on the finish of the third.
The tide of the struggle turned closely within the fourth. Rodriguez got here out to bully Waterson, however “The Karate Hottie” modified issues up and obtained a takedown early on maintained high place all through, staying busy with ground-and-pound and threatening to advance place. Rodriguez was merely unable to get again to her toes, however did job at avoiding important harm.
The fifth and closing spherical showcased the talents of each fighters. Waterson had nice kicks to the physique and head. Nonetheless, Rodriguez walked down Waterson and related effectively with laborious, looping punches. Like the primary couple of spherical, Waterson was stay and aggressive, however Rodriguez’s energy appeared to overshadow her efforts.
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Rodriguez now finds herself on a two-fight successful streak having stopped Amanda Ribas in her earlier outing again in January at UFC 257. Her solely profession defeat is to former UFC champion Carla Esparza.
Waterson fell to 1-3 in her previous 4 journeys to the cage. Her solely win on this current stretch is a break up choice over fellow veteran Angela Hill in September.
Up-to-the-minute UFC on ESPN 24 outcomes embrace:
Marina Rodriguez def. Michelle Waterson by way of unanimous choice (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Alex Morono def. Donald Cerrone by way of TKO (strikes) – Spherical 1, 4:40
Neil Magny def. Geoff Neal by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Maurice Greene by way of unanimous choice (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Gregor Gillespie def. Diego Ferreira by way of TKO (strikes) – Spherical 2, 4:51
Phil Hawes def. Kyle Daukaus by way of unanimous choice (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Mike Trizano def. Ludovit Klein by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jun Yong Park def. Tafon Nchukwi by way of majority choice (30-25, 29-26, 28-28)
Carlston Harris def. Christian Aguilera by way of technical submission (anaconda choke) – Spherical 1, 2:52