Marina Rodriguez is a Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who was born in Bagé, in the Rio Grande do Sul province, Brazil, on April 29, 1989. She is one more of many excellent Brazilian MMA fighters. Currently, she competes in the strawweight category in the UFC. According to the world rankings updated on August 9, 2021, Rodriguez is #6 in her category.
Rodriguez’s youth was always linked to sports, so much so that she played soccer, volleyball, handball, and basketball. In the same way, she was a young studious woman who, after graduating as a graphic designer, began to practice Muay Thai, as a method to lose weight.
In 2015, Rodriguez made her debut in MMA, where she managed to obtain a 9-0 record. Mainly, in events played in Brazilian territory. As a consequence, in 2018, she competed in the Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil 2, where she achieved victory against Maria de Oliveira Neta, by knockout and this opened the doors to the world of the UFC.
On September 22, 2018, Rodriguez made her UFC debut at the UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders, where she got a draw against Randa Markos.
Rodriguez currently has a professional record of 14 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws.
UFC Profile – Marina Rodriguez – Top 4 fights
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Paula Vieira da Silva
On February 24, 2017, at the Curitiba Top Fight 10 event, Marina Rodriguez faced Paula Vieira da Silva. In this fight Rodriguez started with an impressive pace, landing most of her punches in the face of her rival and, in the 4:50 minute of the first round, Rodriguez sent da Silva to the canvas after a combination of punches to the face.
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Jessica Aguilar
Marina Rodriguez’s first victory in the UFC Octagons was at the UFC on ESPN event: Barboza vs. Gaethje, held on March 30, 2019, in front of the Mexican Jessica Aguilar. In this fight, both fighters started with everything, the combination of blows from both was impressive and, after the three rounds played, the judges gave the victory to Marina Rodriguez by unanimous decision.
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas
On January 24, 2021, Rodriguez faced Amanda Ribas at UFC 257. In this fight, Rodriguez managed to win the performance of the night, after defeating Ribas by technical knockout in minute 0:54 of the second round.
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Michelle Waterson
Finally, Marina Rodriguez faced American Michelle Waterson in the main fight of the UFC on ESPN event: Rodriguez vs. Waterson, on May 8, 2021. This fight was the debut in flyweight for Rodriguez, and she managed to do it in style, since, thanks to an excellent fight, she managed to beat Waterson by unanimous decision.