Marina Rodriguez beats Mackenzie Dern at UFC Fight Night

Marina Rodriguez reacts to winning a five-round unanimous decision over fellow UFC strawweight contender Mackenzie Dern. (YouTube/UFC)

Marina Rodriguez extended her winning streak with a five-round unanimous decision victory over fellow strawweight contender Mackenzie Dern in their UFC Fight Night main event bout in Las Vegas.

Dern had her best moments in the second round, during which she had 4:21 of ground control as the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt looked for submissions, however Rodriguez’s pace and striking proved too much for Dern over the course of the 25-minute bout.

Rodriguez, who out-landed Dern 144-49 in significant strikes, improved to 15-1-2 as a pro. Her lone loss was a split decision to inaugural 115-pound champion Carla Esparza in the summer of 2020. Saturday's main-event win should see her leapfrog Dern and enter the top five in the strawweight rankings.

Here are the complete results from the nine-fight card:

-- Marina Rodriguez def. Mackenzie Dern by unanimous decision
-- Randy Brown def. Jared Gooden by unanimous decision
-- Matheus Nicolau def. Tim Elliott by unanimous decision
-- Mariya Agapova def. Sabina Mazo by submission (rear-naked choke)
-- Chris Gutiérrez def. Felipe Colares by split decision

-- Alexander Romanov def. Jared Vanderaa by technical knockout
-- Damon Jackson def. Charles Rosa by unanimous decision
-- Lupita Godinez def. Silvana Gómez Juárez by submission (armbar)
-- Steve Garcia def. Charlie Ontiveros by technical knockout

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