Daniel Rodriguez
D-Rod

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Gets new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
May 26, 2020
Rodriguez is now expected take on Gabriel Green at the UFC Apex Center on May 30 in Las Vegas, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez was originally lined up to face Kevin Holland at the event, and was listed as high as a (+180) underdog for that matchup. Holland was forced to withdraw due to injury, however, and the UFC will sign Green on short notice to step in and keep 11 fights on the card. Green formerly competed under the Bellator banner, and has recently put together a streak of six stoppage victories. His last pro bout was at CXF 14, when he stopped Richard LeRoy via strikes in the second round.
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Awaits new challenger
MiddleweightUFC
May 26, 2020
Rodriguez's opponent for Saturday's fight, Kevin Holland, was not given medical clearance and the UFC is looking for a replacement, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Holland sustained an injury during his preparation for the upcoming fight and will not be able to participate. Rodriguez, a welterweight, will now await a new opponent. He has won eight straight fights and has not fought since February.
To fight Kevin Holland
MiddleweightUFC
May 22, 2020
Rodriguez will fight Kevin Holland in a middleweight matchup during UFC Fight Night 172 on May 30 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 33-year-old Rodriguez is 11-1 (six KO/TKOs) as a pro, having won seven straight bouts. His most recent victory was Feb. 15 against Tim Means at UFC Fight Night 167, using a guillotine choke. The 27-year-old Holland is 17-5 (eight KO/TKOs) as a professional and has won four of the last five bouts. Most recently, he was victorious against Anthony Hernandez on May 16 during UFC on ESPN 8, defeating him by way of TKO (knees and punches). Holland should be in excellent form after a quick turnaround, and the betting odds seem to reflect that. He opened as a (-195) favorite shortly after the announcement.
Huge upset in Rio Rancho
MiddleweightUFC
February 15, 2020
Rodriguez defeated Tim Means via submission (standing guillotine) at 3:37 of Round 2 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez was taken down in the first round and generally got the worst of the striking exchanges, but did manage to land a few jabs in the period. As the final bell rang, he clocked Means with a massive left that sent him wobbling back to his stool. Means seemed to never fully recover in the second, as Rodriguez was free to let his hands go and continued doing damage, buckling Means on several occasions. The continued onslaught forced Means to attempt a takedown, and Rodriguez used the opportunity to sink in a tight guillotine that forced Means to tap while standing up. It was a massive effort from the (+300) underdog on short notice, as he showed UFC brass he's more than capable of sticking around. For his efforts, the newcomer will also be rewarded with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Set for short-notice debut
MiddleweightUFC
February 10, 2020
Rodriguez will make his UFC debut against Tim Means at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez has racked up a 10-1 record as a pro, with his only defeat coming via split decision on the Combate Americas circuit in 2017. He appeared on Dana White's Contender Series last summer against Rico Farrington, but was not rewarded a contract despite picking up the unanimous decision. It's a tough ask to make a debut against a veteran like Means on only a few weeks' notice, so it's no surprise to see him enter as approximately a (+225) betting underdog.