UFC Fight Night 194: Amanda Nunes reacts to Marina Rodriguez’s win over Mackenzie Dern


Amanda Nunes reacted to Marina Rodriguez’s victory over Mackenzie Dern at UFC Fight Night 194.

The reigning UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion took to her official Twitter account to express her respect for Marina Rodriguez and Mackenzie Dern. Amanda Nunes tweet reads:

“Great fight girls congratulations @wmmarz”

Super fight girls congratulations @wmmarz

The fight between Mackenzie Dern and Marina Rodriguez was a crucial clash in helping a new title contender reach 115 pounds. Prior to the fight, Dern was ranked No.4 in the official UFC Women’s Strawweight Rankings, while Rodriguez was ranked No.6.

The duo faced off in a five-round strawweight fight that headlined UFC Fight Night 194. The contest began with both contestants demonstrating brilliant offensive and defensive skills.

As the fight progressed, it became more and more evident that Mackenzie Dern had a significant advantage in the grappling arena, while Marina Rodriguez was much more dangerous in the hitting department. That said, it came as no surprise to most fans and experts in the MMA community, given Dern’s history as a highly accomplished BJJ artist and Rodriguez’s well-known typing skills.

While Rodriguez seemed to have got the better of Dern in the first round, the BJJ scholar bounced back in the second round. Dern nearly finished the fight after bringing him to the mat, nearly subduing his foe on several occasions in the second round.

Marina Rodriguez managed to survive the grueling round and turned things around in third frame. Rodriguez completely passed Dern in the third round, gaining momentum and regaining control of the fight.

Dern was then beaten for the majority of the fourth round as well, but she almost got a submission after leading the fight on the canvas at the end of the round. However, the fifth round clearly belonged to Rodriguez, as she kept the fight on his feet and beat Dern. The fight ended with a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) for Rodriguez.

Marina Rodriguez aims for UFC gold as Amanda Nunes looks to defend her throne

Marina Rodriguez’s striking clinic against Mackenzie Dern is likely to give her a huge boost in her quest to win the UFC women’s strawweight title. Rodriguez’s next fight could be at the very least a title game or a number one clash.

Meanwhile, Amanda Nunes is set to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Julianna Pena at UFC 269 on December 11, 2021.

The bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena was booked for UFC 269 on December 11, the promotion was announced on Monday. The UFC has not announced a location for the event, but it will likely take place in Las Vegas. https://t.co/d3zzKd8exa

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