Marina Rodriguez thinks a win over Amanda Lemos tomorrow night (Saturday, November 5, 2022) at UFC Vegas 64 live on ESPN+ from inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada earns her a chance to win. the undisputed women’s strawweight title.
Rodriguez, 35, has been on an absolute tear lately. The Brazilian fighter has won her last four trips to the Octagon, including victories over Mackenzie Dern, Amanda Ribas, Michelle Waterson and Yan Xiaonan. That kind of success is usually good enough to win a title at 115 pounds, but Rodriguez finds himself in another main event having to prove his title potential.
If Rodriguez is able to get past Lemos this weekend, she believes it will finally line her up for a shot at the winner of the title fight Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili, which takes place next weekend at UFC 281. At New York.
“I’m very confident of defeating Amanda, no matter how, I’ll be the next challenger,” Rodriguez said on media day (via MMA Junkie). “If everything goes perfectly, I’ll be there to see that fight.”
The only loss of Rodriguez’s pro career came to Esparza via split decision in 2020. While Rodriguez would love the chance to right the only wrong of her UFC tenure, she believes Zhang will walk away with the win this weekend. next weekend at UFC 281. That could line her up for a match with “Magnum” in 2023.
“It looks like Weili,” Rodriguez said. “She’s well-rounded as a fighter, but that’s MMA. There’s surprise in every fight, like when Carla defeated Rose. But to me, to be honest, it doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that I will be there. I will be ready.
Do you think Rodriguez deserves a title shot with a win this weekend at UFC Vegas 64? If so, how does she do against Esparza or Zhang?
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