UFC Vegas 39: Marina Rodriguez slams jiu jitsu princess Mackenzie Dern

Marina Rodriguez, despite overcoming two critical moments, he won the judges’ decision by a resounding (49–46, 49–46, 49–46) a Mackenzie Dern, the best jiu jitsu fighter in the division. Born into Brazilian jiu-jitsu royalty – her father was a consummate competitor – Dern has practiced grappling since birth and is one of the most decorated grip fighters in history. The key to Martínez’s victory was taking advantage of his greater distance to connect many more blows and, from his superior size, make it very difficult for his rival so that he will not reach the clinch and thus take the fight to the ground, his hegemonic terrain, where a completion could be imminent. With very technical boxing, he used his jab to dictate dominance in the exchanges. The only danger to clinch his victory occurred in the second round, when the majority of the round took place on the ground. Mackenzie Dern failed to capitalize on her best opportunity as the great defense against submissions de Martínez avoided the only way his defeat could be dealt with.

Two of the UFC’s top strawweight contenders were facing off in UFC Vegas 39 to try to get closer to the title fight. For Dern, it was his first performance in a main event. Instead, Rodriguez was coming from his first experience in UFC Vegas 26 when she beat Michelle Waterson by unanimous decision. Aside from Waterson, Rodriguez had had dominant performances against the likes of Tecia torres and Amanda Ribas.

It was a confrontation between a striker against a grappler. Dern has shown great improvement in hitting in his last few bouts, but he hasn’t been anywhere near the level of Rodriguez. The winner of the fight was very solid in the fight standing up, connecting much more, with persistent front wear kicks to the legs and good one-two with her long boxing that, in addition, with the passage of time she performed more and more frequently. . Martinez did not approach Dern to avoid possible knockdowns, while connecting very well going backwards before the many times precipitous attacks of his rival.

The problem with grapplers is that fights start standing up. Bringing combat to his domain was not easy for Dern. The decent level of takedown defense that Rodriguez has was enough to almost always keep the fight upright against the few attempts of his rival. And the two times that the fight was developing on the ground, Dern always started the stake from a lower position, executing improbable takedowns – he threw himself on his back twice – and then, thanks to his mastery in jiu jitsu, he placed himself above . But despite establishing himself in good positions, he was never able to settle even the start of any submission, except at the end of the fourth round, with a shoulder blade attempt, which occurred in the insufficient final seconds of the round. From the third round on, Dern looked very tired and growing frustrated. before the impossibility of turning the inexorable destiny that the lawsuit took.

Dern had been nearly unstoppable in the strawweight division with four straight wins, three of them by arm lever submission. Martínez, in addition to his excellent kickboxing technique, demonstrated strong takedown defense and tremendous ability to avoid submission attempts.

So was the rest of the evening

On the main card, Mariya Agapova As soon as he hit with a solid blow, he managed to strangle the Colombian from the back on the ground Sabina mazo in the third round.

In the preliminaries, Alexander Romanov ended at Jared Vanderaa after throwing him and hitting him on the ground without pause for almost two rounds until the referee intervened.

Lupita Godinez subjected to Silvana Gomez Juarez in the first round with an arm lock.

AND Steve García destroyed Charlie Ontiveros in the second round after taking the mount and punishing him with resounding blows.

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