Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will look to separate contender from pretender when submission specialist Mackenzie Dern locks horns with once-beaten strawweight bruiser Marina Rodriguez in the UFC Vegas 39 main event on Sat., Oct. 9 inside the promotion’s APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Check out their pre-fight face-off embedded above.
Dern (11-1) overcame some early weight-cutting issues — as well as a loss to 115-pound standout Amanda Ribas — to put together a torrid four-fight win streak, with three of those victories ending by way of first-round submission.
As for Rodriguez (14-1-2), she cut her teeth on the Brazilian version of Dana White’s “Contender Series” back in summer 2018, then followed up that win with a 4-1 record inside the Octagon, along with a pair of majority draws.
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Check out the co-main event staredown between welterweight rivals Randy “Rude Boy” Brown and Jared “Nite Train” Gooden, embedded below.
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