UFC Vegas 39 main card results recap: Marina Rodriguez tops Mackenzie Dern in headliner

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Jan 22, 2021; Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES; Marina Rodriguez of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Marina Rodriguez recovered from a major disadvantage on the ground to post a unanimous decision over Mackenzie Dern on Saturday in the main event at UFC Vegas 39 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rodriguez took the cards 49-46 across the board in their strawweight battle at the UFC APEX.

UFC Vegas 39 main card results

Dern, a former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, owned a 7:21 advantage on the ground. But Rodriguez survived multiple submission attempts and recovered to land 144 signature strikes to just 49 for Dern.

“I had to pace myself,” Rodriguez said via a translator in her post-fight interview. “We had five rounds to work, so we worked a little bit slower than usual. But there was a point there.”

Rodriguez (15-1-2) has won three straight fights.

Other winners on the main card included Randy Brown by unanimous decision in the co-main event, Matheus Nicolau by unanimous decision, Mariya Agapova by third-round submission, and Chris Gutierrez by split decision in the main card opener.

UFC Vegas 39 performance bonus winners

  • Fight of the Night: Marina Rodriguez vs. Mackenzie Dern
  • Performance of the Night: Mariya Agapova
  • Performance of the Night: Lupita Godinez

–Field Level Media