Mackenzie Dern will be looking to continue her steady climb up the UFC women's strawweight rankings with a fifth straight victory when she takes on Marina Rodriguez on Saturday as a -170 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Currently ranked fourth among UFC women's strawweight contenders, the 28-year-old has been dominant while finishing opponents inside five minutes on three occasions during the four-fight win streak she takes into Saturday night's fight at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Dern ended Nina Nunes' night with a first-round submission win in her last outing at UFC Vegas 23, which also earned her a third career Performance of the Night bonus. The former ADCC Submission Fighting world champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion has forced opponents to tap out in seven of her 11 career pro victories, with six of those wins coming in the first round. However, she has yet to earn a victory by KO or TKO, with her other four career wins coming by decision.
Rodriguez makes her return to the women's strawweight division on Saturday set as a +140 underdog at betting sites. The 34-year-old Brazilian currently rides a two-fight win streak, capped by a five-round unanimous decision win over Michelle Waterson in her women's flyweight debut at UFC Vegas 26. That win came on the heels of a second-round TKO victory over Amanda Ribas at UFC 257 that earned her the first Performance of the Night bonus of her career. However, Rodriguez has struggled to produce consistent results since opening her career with 10 straight victories, going 4-1-2 over her past seven octagon appearances.
Elsewhere on the UFC Fight Night odds for this weekend, Saturday's co-main event features a pair of welterweights aiming to build off recent wins as Randy Brown battles Jared Gooden as heavy -230 chalk. Brown is coming off the most impressive win of his UFC career, a first-round submission victory over Alex Oliveira, but he has tallied back-to-back wins just once in his past seven outings. Gooden is set as an +185 underdog as he vies for a second straight opening-round finish after stopping Niklas Stolze by KO just 68 seconds into their recent clash at UFC Vegas 33. That marked his first win in three contests since joining the UFC last year.
Earlier in the evening on Saturday, flyweight Matheus Nicolau guns for a fourth straight win as he takes on Tim Elliott as a -200 wager, while Sabina Mazo faces off against fellow women's flyweight Mariya Agapova as a -175 betting favourite.