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Mackenzie Dern is Betting Favorite in First Headliner Versus Marina Rodriguez

Marina Rodriguez Vs Mackenzie Dern UFC

Highly-touted women’s strawweight prospect Mackenzie Dern is betting favorite in first main event bout against Marina Rodriguez on October 9th.
Dern has won four fights in a row and is coming off a submission win over Nina Nunes.
Rodriguez is 2-0 in 2021 and defeated Michelle Waterson in her first main event bout last May.

Highly-touted prospect Mackenzie Dern will be the betting favorite when she appears in her first main event in October.

Dern, a former ADCC and no gi BJJ world champion is scheduled to take on Marina Rodriguez in the headliner of the UFC’s Fight Night event on October 9th.

Mackenzie Dern gets her first UFC main event spot vs. Marina Rodriguez this fall. 💪

Full story: https://t.co/0uwjTsI28C pic.twitter.com/8CSruSlmgp

— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) July 9, 2021

The fight has yet to be officially announced by the UFC and the event does not yet have a venue but the betting lines for that potential title eliminator have opened at the BetOnline App. The online sportsbook opened Dern at -185 and she is currently listed as a -200 odds on favorite to defeat the higher-ranked Rodriguez who is pegged at +170 after hitting the oddboard at +160 when the lines first opened.

Dern Skyrockets in Rankings

Mackenzie Dern submits Nina Nunes in the first round and skyrockets up the rankings!

What a performance!#UFCVegas23

— The Fight Bubble (@thefightbubble) April 10, 2021

Dern is coming off a first round submission victory over Nina Nunes ( nee Ansaroff ) at UFC Vegas 23 last April to skyrocket in the UFC women’s featherweight rankings. With the victory, Dern has now won her last four bouts, three of them via armbar submission with all three victories earning her Performance of the Night bonuses.

The 28-year old grappling and BJJ prodigy has not lost since dropping a unanimous decision to Amanda Ribas last October 12, 2019 in her first bout back since giving birth to her first child. With her string of victories, Dern has now moved up to no. 6 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings and a victory over Rodriguez will move her inside the Top 5 for the first time.

A veteran of 101 grappling matches, Dern entered the UFC in 2018 after starting her MMA career with Legacy FC, LFA, and Invicta FC. She has an MMA record of 11-1 with seven victories by submission. She is the UFC’s most hyped female prospect since Ronda Rousey and is starting to live up to that billing now.

Second Straight Headliner for Rodriguez

Huge win for Marina Rodriguez as she defeats Michelle Waterson in the main event of UFC Vegas 26.#UFCVegas26 #UFC #MMA pic.twitter.com/80vynhaQkD

— LockerRoom (@lockerroom_in) May 9, 2021

While MacKenzie Dern is making her first appearance in a main event bout, Marina Rodriguez will be fighting in her second consecutive headliner after he last bout against Michelle Waterson was promoted to main event status following the injury suffered by T.J. Dillashaw.

In that bout, Rodriguez defeated Waterson 49-46, 48-46, and 48-47 in a bout where she dominated from start to finish. That victory was her second straight of 2021 as the 34-year old Brazilian recorded a second round TKO win over Amanda Ribas at UFC 257 last January. As stated earlier, Ribas dealt Dern her only loss in an MMA fight.

Since earning her UFC contract at the Dana White Contender Series Brazil 2 in 2018, she has posted a record of 4-1-2 with her only defeat a narrow split decision loss to former straw weight champion Carla Esparza. Rodriguez has a record of 14-1 with wins via knockout and one victory via submission. She is currently the number 5 ranked female straw weight in the UFC and a win over Dern would put her closer to her first ever crack at the world title.