Daniel Rodriguez lastly bought a quantity subsequent to his title and he’s seeking to climb the rankings.
After beating former title challenger Kevin Lee on brief discover at UFC on ESPN 30 in August, Rodriguez (16-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) debuted within the UFC’s welterweight rankings at No. 15.
Rodriguez, who’s already competed thrice in 2021, needs to maintain the ball rolling and would love a crack at some of the constant fighters within the division, prime ten-ranked Belal Muhammad (19-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).
“I think Belal Muhammad at No. 9 (is who I want next),” Rodriguez instructed TMZ. “I’m on the fast track, man. I’ve fought in the past 18 months – this is my seventh fight. (UFC president) Dana (White) is really happy with that. That’s really unheard of nowadays. A lot of fighters take a lot of time off. But I’m in my prime right now. I’m ready to go. I’m hot.”
Few have been in a position to deal with Muhammad’s relentless strain, however Rodriguez thinks he’d have the ability to fend off Muhammad’s grappling and have the benefit on the ft.
“I don’t really see him taking me down,” Rodriguez mentioned. “I just survived Kevin Lee, which everyone was saying he was a really, really good wrestler. At the end of the day, the fight starts on the feet, and that’s my world.”
At the speed he’s competing, Rodriguez doesn’t assume he’s too far off a title shot.
“I feel like in another year, two more wins in the top 10, and I’m definitely in line for a title shot,” Rodriguez mentioned.