Rodriguez Defeats Dern at UFC Fight Night

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UFC Vegas 39 Results: Biggest Winners, Loser for 'Dern vs Rodriguez' Last Night

In a tale of two skill sets, Marina Rodriguez used her superior striking ability to defeat grappling expert Mackenzie Dern by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night 194 Saturday in Las Vegas. Rodriquez came in listed as having a two-inch height and reach advantage but it looked like more as she used oblique kicks and long right hand punches to keep Dern at bay for much of the contest.

Dern had her moments, notably in the second round when she managed to drag Rodriguez to the mat with a missed hip throw. Though she was on bottom, Dern quickly reversed Rodriguez flowing from a north-south position to side control to a crucifix and, finally, to full mount where she delivered some strong ground and pound. But the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion was unable to finish it and Rodriguez took control in the remaining rounds keeping most of the fight standing while mixing her punches and kicks well. When Dern did manage to force her way inside, Rodriguez met her with hard knees to the body. It was enough to claim the decision as Rodriguez moves to 15-1-2 while Dern falls to 11-2.

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