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UFC Rio Rancho results: Daniel Rodriguez debuts with submission of veteran Tim Means

UFC Fight Night: Means v Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez (blue gloves) hunts for a guillotine choke against Tim Means at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday
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Daniel Rodriguez picked a heck of a scalp to claim in his UFC debut.

Facing a veteran of 20 Octagon appearances, “D-Rod” put on an impressive performance against Tim Means before finishing him with a guillotine choke in the second round.

It was actually the fists of Rodriguez that did most of the damage as he had Means on the backfoot early with his furious punches. He wobbled Means at the end of the first with a left hand at the buzzer and it looked like “The Dirty Bird” never recovered.

Rodriguez kept up the pressure in round two, hurting Means with strikes against the fence and setting him up for the fight-ending submission at the 3:37 mark of the period.

That’s now seven straight wins for Rodriguez (11-1), a former Combate standout.

Means (29-12-1, 1 NC) falls to 11-9 (1 NC) in the UFC and has now alternated wins and losses in his last five outings.