Mike Rodriguez
Bones

USA

Expected to fight Nchukwi
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 9, 2021
Rodriguez is expected to take on Tafon Nchukwi is a light heavyweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 18, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez will be looking to bounce back after dropping his last two bouts. He last was in the Octagon back in February when he lost to Danilo Marques by submission. Nchukwi is coming off his first loss as a professional against Jun Yong Park back in May.
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Facing six-month medical ban
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 9, 2021
Rodriguez received a six-month medical suspension after sustaining a left shoulder injury Saturday in his second-round submission loss to Danilo Marques at UFC Vegas 18, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The suspension will prevent Rodriguez from competing until Aug. 6, unless he receives a negative MRI result on his shoulder and gains full medical clearance from an orthopedic doctor.
Not competitive in ground battle
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 6, 2021
Rodriguez lost to Danilo Marques via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:52 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a truly terrifying performance from Rodriguez in a fight in which he entered as a significant -215 favorite. It's no secret that "Slow Mike" would have much preferred to keep this fight standing, but it was his complete inability to remain even the least bit competitive on the mat that was ultimately his undoing. It's hard to believe that a guy who trains under the tutelage of Joe Lauzon every day could look so poor on the ground, but here we are. Seven fights into his UFC run, Rodriguez is sporting a 2-4 (1NC) record. The light heavyweight division lacks any real depth, but those type of numbers aren't going to get the job done.
Appeal unsuccessful
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 23, 2020
Rodriguez's appeal regarding his loss to Ed Herman in September was denied Monday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez appeared to have won a TKO victory in Round 2 with a knee to the midsection, but the referee incorrectly ruled the strike to be a low blow and declined to review replay footage. Herman was given the customary five minutes to recover from the alleged groin strike and later went on to earn a submission victory in Round 3. Rodriguez's coach, Tyson Chartier, is expected to continue to try to get the result overturned, but his already slim chances got even slimmer following Monday's decision.
Booked against Marques on Feb. 6
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 18, 2020
Rodriguez will take on Danilo Marques in a light heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Feb. 6, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez is coming off a controversial loss to Ed Herman that he attempted to appeal, but it's unclear if he was successful (appeals in MMA rarely are). He'll nonetheless move on and book his first fight of 2021, taking on a fighter in Marques who has just one UFC fight to his name -- a decision win over Khadis Ibragimov in September. Marques used a wrestling-heavy approach in that fight, which may be an issue for Rodriguez and his 40 percent takedown defense. Marques will need to be careful on the entry, however, as two of his three UFC knockout victories have been earned with his knees.
To appeal UFC Vegas 10 loss
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 14, 2020
Rodriguez will appeal Saturday's controversial loss to Ed Herman with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
No surprises here, as Rodriguez was clearly given the short end of the stick in a fight that he had clearly been the winner in. Rodriguez looked like he had Herman finished via TKO (body shot) in Round 2, but referee Chris Tognoni instead called it a groin shot and gave Herman five minutes to recover. Herman then came back and submitted Rodriguez in the third round. While UFC President Dana White was very critical of Tognoni's performance and even said he'd give Rodriguez his win money, it appear's Rodriguez's camp still wants to officially set the record straight. While appeals are rarely successful, this seemingly has at least a chance to get moved from a loss to a "no contest" on Rodriguez's record.