Marina Rodriguez
Gets new opponent at UFC on ESPN 2
StrawweightUFC
March 22, 2019
Rodriguez will take on Jessica Aguilar at UFC on ESPN 2 on March 30 in Philadelphia, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez is coming off the first fight of her MMA career where it didn't end in victory, as she fought Randa Markos to a draw in her UFC debut back in September. Rodriguez was originally booked to take on Alexa Grasso at the event, but Grasso was forced to pull out of the event for currently unknown reasons. This comes after the first bout between the two was called off due to Rodriguez suffering a hand injury.
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To fight Grasso in Philly
StrawweightUFC
January 10, 2019
Rodriguez (hand) will take on Alexa Grasso in a strawweight bout at UFC on ESPN 2 on March 30 in Philadelphia, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez was originally booked to fight Grasso on Feb. 2 at UFC Fortaleza before a hand injury forced her to withdraw. Now, with Rodriguez on track to be medically cleared by March, the event is back on. This will be Rodriguez's second UFC fight after fighting Randa Markos to a draw at UFC Fight Night 137.
Withdraws from UFC Fortaleza
StrawweightUFC
December 17, 2018
Rodriguez has pulled out of her Feb. 2 bout with Alexa Grasso due to a hand injury that will keep her out until March, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's currently unclear how Rodriguez injured her hand, but the Brazilian has been forced to withdraw from the strawweight contest set to take place in her home country. She'll be out until at least March, which leaves Grasso looking for a new opponent to face at UFC Fortaleza. Once Rodriguez returns, she'll look for a new matchup for her second UFC bout after =her first one ended in a draw against Randa Markos.
Second UFC bout booked
StrawweightUFC
December 2, 2018
Rodriguez will take on Alexa Grasso in a strawweight matchup at UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez remains undefeated as a prospect after earning her way to the UFC on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series and fighting Randa Markos to a draw in her promotional debut. She'll now get an opponent in Grasso who was once highly regarded as a prospect, but has scuffled of late. Rodriguez will look to use slight height and reach advantages to stop Grasso from getting back in the win column.
Battles Randa Markos to draw in UFC debut
StrawweightUFC
September 22, 2018
Rodriguez fought Randa Markos to a majority draw (28-29, 28-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez should consider herself fortunate to emerge with such a "positive" result in her UFC debut. A product of Brazil's Dana White's Contender Series, the 31-year-old Rodriguez did next to nothing offensively and spent most of the night swinging wildly at Markos. She was far less impressive than her 71-66 edge in total strikes landed would lead you to believe. There's nothing to see here.
Newcomer draws Randa Markos in Brazil
StrawweightUFC
September 4, 2018
Rodriguez has earned a UFC contract and will face Randa Markos in a strawweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, MMAFIghting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez earned a contract on the Brazilian version of Dana White's Contender Series, which has yet to air on Fight Pass in the United States. Gaining this opportunity required a first-round stoppage over Maria Oliveira, a veteran of Rizin. Rodriguez will now turn her sights to Markos, a strawweight who has alternated wins and losses for the entire duration of her UFC tenure. Rodriguez will have a slight height advantage, as well as the Brazilian crowd behind her.