Rodriguez (15-1-2 MMA, 4-1-2 UFC) beat Waterson to a unanimous decision in Saturday’s headliner at UFC Apex, and although he came in the women’s flyweight division due to the short-notice nature of the bout, the result lifted the Brazilian to 115 pounds.
There are a number of fights that hold Rodriguez’s interest, but a clash with Joanna Jedrzejczyk (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), the most successful champion in division history, seems to stand out. first of all.
“I would like to fight a few more times this year,” Rodriguez told MMA Junkie via a performer at the UFC on ESPN 24’s post-event press conference. “Hoping to be in the top three next time around. . Yan (Xiaonan) is fighting (Carla) Esparza now. If she wins, it could be a really good fight. Esparza I’ve fought before, and quite recently, so it’s not a fight I’m very excited to do. Maybe one of us gets the belt and we can fight again. Joanna (Jedrzejczyk) is a fight that I have always looked forward to and I think the fans are too. If she is back and plans to fight again, I would be more than willing to fight her.
Rodriguez’s trip to UFC on ESPN 24 has been treacherous. She received the call to fight on 11 days’ notice, she said, and then faced numerous administrative hurdles in her home country in order to get the documents needed to fight.
In between all of that, Rodriguez had to travel to the United States and face a number of days of quarantine along the way. She showed up in Las Vegas on the Wednesday of fight week and still gained weight.
It didn’t seem to bother her in the octagon either. Rodriguez said she knew Waterson was a tough stylistic challenge under any circumstance, and she did her best to make it an entertaining fight.
“One of the great things was trying to control the distance without making it boring,” Rodriguez said. “At the end of the day, that’s what we’re here for. We are not here to fight a boring fight, we are also here to entertain the fans. She did a really good job of avoiding it, so props for her. I came here to get a knockout if there was a chance and she didn’t put that chance there. I tried to blitz as much as I could, but couldn’t finish. But these are props for her.