Marina Rodriguez surprised many, including the "bookmakers" with her celebration last night in the fight against Mackenzie Dern. The 34-year-old Brazilian celebrated with a unanimous referee's decision (49-46 x3) and came even closer to the top of the straw category.
Considering that Rodriguez is a fighter of attractive style and prefers standing fights, many would like to watch her against second-ranked challenger Joanne Jedrzejczyk. However, Marina is not particularly interested. '' Honestly, Joanna doesn't want to fight me and therefore I don't want to fight her.
In my opinion, she shouldn’t be ranked because she doesn’t fight anymore." "You should make room for girls who fight three times a year to earn that position, '' Rodriguez said in an interview with MMA Junkie after the win against Dern.
Former champion Jedrzejczyk has not performed since March 2020. Then the Pole took part in a real war against the Chinese Weili Zhang and was lost by a split referee's decision. We all remember what Joanna looked like after that fight, and after that, she no longer entered the cage.
Rodriguez, therefore, does not want to pay too much attention to women who are not particularly active, and when it comes to the next opponents, she stressed that it is important for her to be someone who is ranked better than her.
'' It could be a Chinese woman (Yan Xiaonan), it doesn't matter. I prefer to be someone who is ahead of me in the standings, and after that, I hope to fight for the title as soon as possible. " By the way, Yan Xiaonan currently shares fourth place with Mackenzie Dern in the UFC Straw category challenger rankings.
In third place is Carla Esparza hoping for a chance for the belt after Weili Zhang and champion Rose Namajunas do their rematch on November 6th. Rodriguez and Esparza fought in late July last year, and Carl Esparza celebrated with a split referee's decision.
Marina has a high opinion of Esparza, but she would not hesitate to jump into the belt fight before Carla. '' She would never turn down an opportunity to fight for the title, but in my opinion, Carla should be next, not Weili.
However, a rematch has already been arranged and that will happen." " If the UFC gives me a chance before Carly, I will accept it without doubt. Sorry, Carla. I would prefer that Esparza gets a chance, wins the belt and we do a rematch. However, I can't wait that long, '' Marina Rodriguez added.