Marina Rodriguez after defeating Michelle Waterson announced that she wants to fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Brazilian Marina Rodriguez shared her impressions of victory in the fight with American Michelle Waterson, and also said that in the next fight she would like to share the octagon with Polish Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Marina Rodriguez after defeating Michelle Waterson announced that she wants to fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk

“I would like to fight a couple more times this year,” Rodriguez told MMA Junkie through an interpreter at the UFC on ESPN 24 post-event news conference. “Hoping a top-three opponent next time around. Yan (Xiaonan) is fighting (Carla) Esparza now. If she wins, that could be a very good fight. Esparza I fought already, 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’ve always been looking forward (to) and I think the fans are, too. If she’s back and considering fighting again, I would be more than willing to fight her.”

Rodriguez’s journey to UFC on ESPN 24 was a treacherous one. She got the call to fight on 11 days’ notice, she said, then had to deal with a lot of clerical hurdles in her home country in order to get the necessary documents to fight.

In between all that, Rodriguez had to travel to the United States and deal with a number of quarantine days along the way. She showed up in Las Vegas on the Wednesday of fight week, and still made weight.

It didn’t appear to hinder her in the octagon, either. Rodriguez said she knew Waterson was a tough stylistic challenge regardless of the circumstances, and she did her best to make it an entertaining fight.

“One of the big things was trying to control the distance without making it boring,” Marina Rodriguez said. “At the end of the day that’s what we’re here for. We’re not here to put on boring fight, we’re here to entertain the fans as well. She did a very good job at avoiding it, so props to her. I came here to get a knockout if there was a chance and she didn’t put the chance out there. I tried to blitz as much as I could, but I couldn’t get the finish. But that’s props to her.”


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