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UFC Vegas 39 results and recap: Rodriguez climbs rankings after decision win over Dern

The
main
event
of
UFC
Vegas
39
saw
a
strawweight
battle
between
title
hopefuls,
No.4
ranked
Mackenzie
Dern
and
No.6
ranked
Marina
Rodriguez
that
defined
the
saying
“styles
make
fights”.

Dern,
one
of
the
greatest
Brazilian
jiu
jitsu
practitioners
in
MMA,
showed
off
her
grappling
acumen
when
she
was
able
to
get
it
to
the
canvas.
However,
Rodriguez
prevented
it
from
going
there
in
most
rounds,
and
pieced
up
Dern
with
brilliant
striking
combinations
to
earn
the
decision.

Following
the
win,
Rodriguez
said,
“There
was
never
a
point
where
she
was
close
to
a
submission…
I
had
to
pace
myself,
that
was
the
plan
for
it.
I’ve
been
ready
to
fight
for
a
title
since
we
started
this
thing.”

In
the
co-main
event,
Randy
Brown
and
Jared
Gooden
entertained
with
a
back
and
forth
affair
that
was
fueled
with
animosity
and
determination.
Gooden
was
able
to
do
damage
with
calf
kicks,
but
Brown
endured
and
kept
up
his
onslaught.

The
bout
went
to
the
judges
who
scored
in
the
favor
of
Brown,
who
said,
“Shout
out
to
my
dad
who
is
watching
me
live
in
the
UFC
for
the
first
time,
I
love
you…
I
know
he’s
proud
of
me,
too…
Again,
every
time
I
get
the
mic,
I’m
going
to
big
up
Jamaica.”

Also
on
the
main
card,
Mariya
Agapova
and
Sabina
Mazo
presented
a
nail-biting
match.
Agapova
methodically
mounted
a
good
offense
with
strikes,
and
in
the
third
round
she
was
able
to
knock
down
Mazo.
Smartly,
Agapova
jumped
on
her
and
finished
it
with
a
rear
naked
choke
submission.

Matheus
Nicolau
took
home
a
unanimous
decision
win
against
Tim
Elliott
in
a
flyweight
bout,
while
Chris
Gutierrez
earned
a
split
decision
win
over
Felipe
Colares
in
the
bantamweight
bout
that
opened
the
main
card.

On
the
preliminary
card,
two
bouts
heralded
up
and
comers
to
watch
for.
Alexandr
Romanov
remained
undefeated
with
a
dominant
performance
against
Jared
Vanderaa,
finishing
with
a
TKO
in
the
second
round.

Loopy
Gonzalez
made
herself
another
contender
in
the
women’s
strawweight
division
with
her
aggressive
work
against
Silvana
Gomez,
winning
with
an
armbar
submission
in
round
two.

Also
on
the
prelims,
Damon
Jackson
defeated
Charles
Rosa
via
unanimous
decision
in
a
featherweight
bout,
while
the
event
opened
with
Steve
Garcia
earning
a
second
round
stoppage
win
against
Charlie
Ontiveros
in
a
lightweight
bout.



UFC
Vegas
39
Results




Main
Card



1.
Women’s
Strawweight
bout:

Marina
Rodriguez
defeated
Mackenzie
Dern
by
unanimous
decision
(49-46,
49-46,
49-46,
49-46)


2.
Catchweight
(174lb)
bout:

Randy
Brown
defeated
Jared
Gooden
by
unanimous
decision
(30-27,
30-27,
30-27)


3.
Flyweight
bout:

Matheus
Nicolau
defeated
Tim
Elliott
by
unanimous
decision
(29-28,
29-28,
29-28)


4.
Women’s
Flyweight
bout:

Mariya
Agapova
defeated
Sabina
Mazo
by
submission
(rear-naked
choke)
at
0:53
of
Round
3


5.
Bantamweight
bout:

Chris
Gutierrez
defeated
Felipe
Colares
by
split
decision
(30-27,
28-29,
30-27)



Preliminary
Card



1.
Heavyweight
bout:

Alexandr
Romanov
defeated
Jared
Vanderaa
by
TKO
(punches)
at
4:43
of
Round
2


2.
Featherweight
bout:

Damon
Jackson
defeated
Charles
Rosa
by
unanimous
decision
(29-28,
29-27,
30-27)


3.
Women’s
Strawweight
bout:

Loopy
Godinez
defeated
Silvana
Gomez
Juarez
by
submission
(armbar)
at
4:14
of
Round
1


4.
Lightweight
bout:

Steve
Garcia
defeated
Charlie
Ontiveros
by
TKO
(strikes)
at
1:51
of
Round
2

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