Marina Rodriguez put on an impressive performance at UFC Vegas 79 on Saturday, defeating Michelle Waterson-Gomez via TKO in the first round. Rodriguez (16-1-2 MMA, 6-1-2 UFC) dominated the fight from the start, landing a series of strikes that left Waterson-Gomez (20-11 MMA, 8-7 UFC) bloodied and battered. The referee eventually stepped in to stop the fight at the 3:41 mark of Round 2.
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Rodriguez’s victory was a statement win, and she wasted no time calling out Tatiana Suarez in her post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “I’m back, and I go onto the title shot soon,” Rodriguez said. “I think it’s time. I’ve been undefeated for a long time and I would love to call out Tatiana Suarez. .. I think she still needs some fights before a title shot, like I did”
Suarez (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is one of the top contenders in the women’s strawweight division, and a fight between her and Rodriguez would be a highly anticipated matchup. Suarez is coming off a win over Jessica Andrade in August, and has been out of action for over four years prior to her last two fights due to injury.
Rodriguez’s win over Waterson-Gomez was her first win after losing back-to-back fights, and she’s won five out of her last seven fights. She’s quickly becoming one of the top fighters in the strawweight division, and a win over Suarez would put her in prime position for a title shot.
UFC Vegas 79 was an exciting event that featured some great fights. Rodriguez’s victory over Waterson-Gomez was a highlight of the night, and her callout of Suarez has fans excited for what could be a great matchup in the future.