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Marina Rodriguez tops Mackenzie Dern at UFC Fight Night

May 8, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marina Rodriguez of Brazil punches Michelle Waterson in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.    Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marina Rodriguez of Brazil punches Michelle Waterson in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Marina Rodriguez recovered from a major disadvantage on the ground to post a unanimous decision over Mackenzie Dern on Saturday in the main event at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Rodriguez took the cards 49-46 across in their strawweight battle at the UFC Apex.

Dern, a former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, owned a 7:21 advantage on the ground. But Rodriguez survived multiple submission attempts and recovered to land 144 signature strikes to just 49 for Dern.

“I had to pace myself,” Rodriguez said via translator in her postfight interview. “We had five rounds to work, so we worked a little bit slower than usual. But there was a point there.”

Rodriguez (15-1-2) has won three straight fights.

Other winners on the main card included Randy Brown by unanimous decision, Matheus Nicolau by unanimous decision, Mariya Agapova by third-round submission, and Chris Gutierrez by split decision.

–Field Level Media