The predominant occasion in Las Vegas incorporates a strawweight kinds match between a grappling phenom on a profitable streak and a muay Thai stylist who likes to place their opponent’s by means of the wooden chipper.
Despite dabbling in judo as a teen, Marina Rodriguez discovered herself an ideal slot in muay Thai by the age of 12. And virtually 22 years later, this model of martial arts nonetheless resonates deeply inside Rodriguez’s model, as she exhibits all the things from Thai-style marches to Thai-style tics (in the way in which through which she’s always adjusting her shorts).
However, after experiencing a slew of grapplers within the UFC who have been attempting to take her down, Rodriguez has demonstrated extra of a lowered stance and back-foot countering strategy, at occasions. Luckily for Rodriguez, she’s fairly correct when trying to counter – one thing we noticed on full show towards Amanda Ribas.
When the Brazilian fighter is feeling in stride or combating from behind, Rodriguez will choose up the tempo and depth to march down her opposition with multi-layered mixtures. Nevertheless, I might be curious to see if Rodriguez elects to shelve any of her kicking offense contemplating the counters that her opponent could possibly be on the lookout for.
Enter Mackenzie Dern.
Even although Dern made her identify within the grappling world, she has proven no worry in taking up the placing challenges that MMA presents.
A naturally heavy-handed fighter, Dern appears to generate first rate energy in her proper hand, visibly gorgeous opponents every time she lands clear. And although Dern’s sturdiness and abilities as a grappler might have gotten her by means of earlier parts of her profession, she has steadily been sharpening her placing below the care of Jason Parillo.
A placing coach who has helped former champions like B.J. Penn, Michael Bisping, and Cris Cyborg, Parillo seems to be helping Dern in understanding each the rawness and dangerous habits that exist in her recreation. Dern, for instance, seems to be to be protecting a extra disciplined strategy to associate with improved punching method.
That mentioned, Dern’s protection nonetheless leaves lots to be desired, as her previous habits of ducking her head and reducing guard rear their head every time she’s below heavy fireplace. For that cause, I might be curious to see if Dern can efficiently shut area with out operating into the wooden chipper that’s Rodriguez’s clinch recreation.