The UFC Women’s Flyweight’s most decorated jiu jitsu artist takes on one of the most feared strikers in this weekend's UFC Fight Night main event. It's Mackenzie Dern against Marina Rodriguez in what should be a cracking match up. In the co-main Randy Brown and Jared Gordon face off and young rising star Mariya Agapova looks to bounce back from her shock defeat last time out when she meets fellow 24-year-old Sabina Mazo. We take a look at the UFC Fight Night card and there is plenty of value to be had. Check out our UFC betting tips below!
Quite frankly I believe this fight will be decided one way or another by midway through round 2. As a lover of all things jiu jitsu, I have followed Dern’s career before her MMA escapade. Dern is on a four-fight win streak, with three of those four wins coming by first round submission.
Her opponent, Marina Rodriguez, is looking increasingly impressive over the past year, winning her last two fights over Michelle Waterson and more recently, a complete domination over hot prospect Amanda Ribas. While I can definitely see improvements in Dern’s striking, she is still well of that of Rodriguez.
Simply put, if Dern gets this to the mat in the first or second round she should win. Otherwise, she is going to be walking into strikes and will eventually be put away. Therefore, I am going to recommend two bets on this fight to cover both outcomes I see occurring. The first bet will be Rodriguez to win by knockout. Rodriguez has a takedown defense of just over 60% and can keep up a wicked pace. If she stuffs Dern early, she can tee off on her Brazilian counterpart as she wears and put her away. The second play is a saver on Dern by round 1 submission. She has won 3 of her last 4 that way and her grappling credentials are as good as it gets. If it gets to the mat early and Dern has a couple of minutes to work, I expect her to catch an arm and put Rodriguez away.
This is a pure striking fight and I absolutely love what the UFC matchmakers have put together here. It is as simple as, let’s put two massive Lightweights in a small Octagon cage with limited grappling skills and watch fireworks.
Ontiveros will look like the bigger man but he has serious durability issues that make this a horror match up. I truly see Ontiveros charging at Garcia before trying to land a one-shot knockout. However, I envisage that plan backfires as I see a round 1 knockout for Steve Garcia here as I just see him folding Ontiveros inside the opening minutes, in a display to likely earn himself a post-fight bonus.
When I first caught a glimpse of Alexandr Romanov, I thought this is a man that will run through the Heavyweight division. He is a massive man, who is almighty strong and has wrestling and submission skills. He is a perfect 14-0 with 13 stoppage wins, 9 by the way of submission. His opponent Jared Vanderaa is a mediocre Heavyweight. He will however, have the advantage on the feet as he does have somewhat underrated kickboxing and cardio.
Unfortunately for Vanderaa, his takedown defense is not up to standard and Romanov should take him down and suffocate him before long, literally. I do see top control ground and pound as the likely route to victory for Romanov but I would prefer the safer route of him getting a round 1 finish as his submission skills are as much of a present threat.
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