Marina Rodriguez, a contender in the UFC at strawweight, is upset about what transpired on Saturday.
UFC Fight Night 214’s main event saw the end of Rodriguez’s four-fight winning streak. After taking a right hand and some follow-up shots from fellow Brazilian Amanda Lemos (13-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC), the fight was stopped in the second round. When referee Jason Herzog called a halt to the bout, she was still on her feet.
After the fight was stopped, Rodriguez (16-2-2 MMA, 6-2-2 UFC) voiced his displeasure. She initially disagreed, and then took to Twitter hours later to express her disapproval once more.
“You stopped too soon!” Rodriguez wrote on social media.
“As a professional, I’m there to face a lot more, that’s what I’m in this game !!! It’s part of the game, win, lose, in different situations! We continue in our way! Thank you all for the support and cheerleading!”
The fight was widely viewed as a potential title eliminator at 115 pounds, and particularly for Rodriguez. After defeating Amanda Ribas, Michelle Waterson, Mackenzie Dern, and most recently, Yan Xiaonan, she won her next four matches in a row. The current champion Carla Esparza was the sole person to defeat her in the UFC.