Mike Rodriguez
Bones

USA

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Injury Face
Est. Return 12/21/2019
Lands on South Korea card
Light HeavyweightUFC
GTD
September 26, 2019
Rodriguez will square off against Da Un Jung at UFC on ESPN+ 23 in South Korea on Dec. 21, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez was recently handed a six-month medical suspension after suffering a fracture to his orbital, but it looks like the plan is for him to be cleared by the time December rolls around. He'll have his hands full against Jung, however, as not only will the South Korean have the home crowd behind him, but Jung is riding an 11-fight winning streak that dates back to 2015. Meanwhile, Rodriguez has dropped two of his last three trips to the octagon.
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Handed six month medical suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
GTD
July 15, 2019
Rodriguez was dealt a potential six-month medical suspension from the California State Athletic Commission due to possible fracture to his orbital, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez will also require a CAT Scan after suffering a unanimous decision loss Saturday to John Allan. He could be back sooner than the six months pending a doctor's clearance.
Falls as biggest favorite on card
Light HeavyweightUFC
GTD
July 13, 2019
Rodriguez lost to John Allan via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
It was a terrible effort for a fighter who entered as the biggest favorite (-425) on the entire card. Rodriguez was solid in Round 1 and respectable in the early portion of Round 2 before his cardio totally disappeared, and his production suffered as a result. Rodriguez's 70-55 edge in total strikes landed were more than cancelled out by the fact he allowed Allan to score on 4-of-6 takedown attempts. Rodriguez has legitimate power and a nice frame for the division at 6-foot-4, but he is going to continue to struggle if his cardio and wrestling don't improve. The 30-year-old falls to 1-2 in the UFC.
Will fight replacement John Allan
Light HeavyweightUFC
GTD
July 4, 2019
Rodriguez's original opponent for UFC on ESPN+ 13, Gian Villante, has withdrawn from the bout, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports. John Allan will step in to face Rodriguez on July 13 at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, California.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez won his most recent fight in December against Adam Milstead via first-round TKO. Allan will be making his UFC debut.
Draws Gian Villante in Sacramento
Light HeavyweightUFC
GTD
May 30, 2019
Rodriguez will take on Gian Villante in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez is a Muay Thai specialist that struggled to defend the takedown against Devin Clark in his UFC debut, but bounced back with a first-round TKO victory against Adam Milstead in December. While Villante is a former New York high school state wrestling champion, he hasn't been credited with a takedown since a 2015 fight against Tom Lawlor. Villante absorbs more significant strikes per minute (5.34) than he lands (4.26), so look for Rodriguez to try and overwhelm him with elbows and knees while searching for the finish. Villante does have 15 UFC fights under his belt, but Rodriguez is a younger fighter who will have a six-inch reach advantage.
Puts striking on display in victory
Light HeavyweightUFC
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December 15, 2018
Rodriguez defeated Adam Milstead via TKO (Knee to the body and punches) at 2:59 of Round 1 at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez came into this bout as an underdog but seemed to be the quicker and more technical fighter early, dropping his opponent with a counter shot before a body blow sent Milstead reeling up against the fence. Rodriguez was largely smothered on the ground by Devin Clark in his first fight in the UFC in April but showed himself to be a powerful, accurate striker when given time in space, which could make him someone to watch going forward. Rodriguez moves to 10-3 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.