In a thrilling battle of styles, the striker managed to survive going to the ground against a world champion grappler to pick up a unanimous decision victory. At the UFC Vegas 39 main event, Marina Rodriguez defended all of Mackenzie Dern’s submission attempts and punished her opponent on the feet to score a mature win after five rounds.
On Twitter, pro fighters reacted to the contest.
That arm was about to go home with Dern! Run grappling exchanges and big GnP! 1-1 going into the 3rd for me. #UFCVegas39— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 9, 2021
Those transitions! Leg attack to sweep to crucifix to mount. High level! #UFCVegas39— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) October 9, 2021
This main event between these ladies has me on the edge of my seat @ufc— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) October 9, 2021
No level changes from Mackenzie she needs to work with Khabib or cejudo— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 9, 2021
Rodriguez is really good in the forward blitz’s.— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) October 9, 2021
Dern is looking lost and Rodriguez is really letting that stand up go— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) October 9, 2021
Marina is a baaaad woman— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 9, 2021
I’m a fan. Her skills are raw but her effort is as good as any. https://t.co/iY8QAh1LBJ— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) October 9, 2021
dern killed my parley— said yokub (@SaidYokubMMA) October 9, 2021