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Confronted with strawweight contender Amanda Ribas to kick off the UFC 257 pay-per-view, Rodriguez survived a first-round grapple exchange to then deliver a series of dazzling strikes to secure a finish TKO to second Rodriguez’s right hand exploded Ribas to send him to the ground and the assault didn’t stop until referee Herb Dean called off the fight

“I knew about her game,” Rodriguez said after her third UFC win “She’s a complete fighter. We’re able to implement our game plan in the second round

“I really think this win puts me in the top 5 I’ll face one of these girls Hey guys now you know who I am”

Oh my goodness! Rodriguez cradles Ribas then starts celebrating but it’s not over! # UFC257 photoTwittercom / b0wJFY94uV

In a battle of Brazilians, it was Ribas who set the tone in the first round with a well-timed strikeout that put Rodriguez on the back playing defense Ribas was very active at the top, studded with strikes and even by applying a can opener in order to open Rodriguez’s guard

Rodriguez maintained his position to prevent Ribas from passing his defense, but the momentum changed dramatically early in the second round

Inviting Ribas to swap hands with her, Rodriguez showed sharp boxing by stepping to the side during a combination before unleashing a right hand which ultimately led to the finish After Rodriguez collapsed on Ribas at the round she continued with a few more strokes and it looked like Dean was stepping in to stop the contest

A replay showed the referee came close but he never gave up on the action, so Rodriguez was forced to start over after initially thinking the fight was over While Ribas managed to get back on her feet she continued to eat punches and another right hand left her dizzy and confused

That’s when Dean finally saw enough to stop the carnage as Rodriguez celebrated the win while bouncing back from a split decision loss in her last outing to former champion Carla Esparza

There was a lot of hype around Ribas heading into Saturday night and Rodriguez has just proven she shouldn’t be sidelined as she continues to climb the strawweight ranks

Marina Rodriguez

World News – USA – UFC 257 Results: Marina Rodriguez blasts Amanda Ribas with strikes to win second round

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/1/23/22246636/ufc-257-results-marina-rodriguez-blasts-amanda-ribas-with-strikes-to-earn-second-round-finish