A pivotal strawweight matchup capped off a nine-fight UFC Vegas 39 event on Saturday night.
The fight card took place at the UFC APEX and ended with Marina Rodriguez picking up a dominant unanimous decision win over Mackenzie Dern to put herself in the title conversation.
Here’s how pro fighters, past and present, including Aljamain Sterling, Chael Sonnen, Amanda Ribas and others, reacted to Rodriguez’s performance.
Great fight between both ladies. Congrats @wmmarz— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) October 9, 2021
Marina is a baaaad woman— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 9, 2021
Give me marina vs Valentina in a kickboxing match— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 9, 2021
Awesome fight girls congrats @wmmarz— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) October 9, 2021
Rodriguez is really good in the forward blitz’s.— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) October 9, 2021
I’m a fan. Her skills are raw but her effort is as good as any. https://t.co/iY8QAh1LBJ— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) October 9, 2021
Some feints would’ve done Dern well in this fight. Too much chasing and predictable attacks for Rodriguez to read and cut angles out of danger. Fun fight still. Both ladies showed some serious threats in both their worlds of experience #UFCVegas39— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 9, 2021
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This is W L D . #UFCVegas39— BriannaTheBull (@briannathebull) October 9, 2021
Great fight though ladies— Cheyanne Buys (@CheyWarPrincess) October 9, 2021
Great main event!— Diana Belbiță (@DianaBelbita) October 9, 2021
Title fight next for Rodriguez #UFCVegas39
Big win for Marina Rodriguez!!#UFCVegas39— Herbert Burns (@HerbertBurnsMMA) October 9, 2021