Daniel Rodriguez


Easily handles Mike Perry
April 10, 2021
Rodriguez defeated Mike Perry via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It doesn't take a whole heck of a lot to get past Perry these days, and Rodriguez was more than up to the task. Seemingly twice the size of his opponent, Rodriguez's striking was on point through the course of the bout. He fired off jab after jab and they all seemed to find the mark. Rodriguez did allow Perry to land two successful takedowns, but nothing came of it. The 34-year-old California native has looked strong in his first five UFC bouts, sporting a 4-1 record. Expect Rodriguez to try to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible as he continues his push up the rankings at 170 pounds.
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Next fight on the books
February 16, 2021
Rodriguez (hand) will fight Mike Perry on the UFC's April 10 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Rodriguez suffered a potentially broken hand in his last bout back in November -- his first career UFC loss -- but has apparently had the issue cleared by a doctor and he's ready to get back in the Octagon. Next up is an opponent in Perry who is reeling at this point, coming off of his third loss in his last four bouts. Rodriguez landed 33 more strikes than his opponent in the loss, so he will likely come out hungry looking to avenge his lone defeat with a strong showing against a struggling vet. Rodriguez holds both a three-inch height and a three-inch reach advantage over his opponent.
Potentially suffers broken hand
November 23, 2020
Rodriguez has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance of a right hand injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Not only did Rodriguez drop this fight as a heavy favorite, but he'll potentially need quite a bit of time on the sidelines as well. He managed to land a total of 83 significant strikes in this one -- a mark 33 strikes higher than his opponent despite still taking the loss -- but it appears he was injured somewhere along the way. Rodriguez will need a doctor to clear him if he intends on booking another fight before May.
Win streak snapped at nine
November 21, 2020
Rodriguez lost to Nicolas Dalby via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Rodriguez becomes the second massive (-310) favorite to fall in the span of four fights thus far Saturday. This was a close fight, probably closer than the scorecards would lead you to believe. Regardless of who you think deserved to win, it was a disappointing effort from Rodriguez on the heels of three straight victories (Tim Means, Gabriel Green, Dwight Grant) to begin his UFC run. Rodriguez tends to be a high output guy on the feet -- he was again in this one -- but his defense can get a bit lazy and times and that can lead to defeats in fights he should win, such as this one. The setback snaps a nine-fight winning streak for the California native.
Stepping in against Nicolas Dalby
November 12, 2020
Rodriguez will take on Nicolas Dalby at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Dalby had been set to face Orion Cosce, who withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Rodriguez was scheduled to face Bryan Barberena on Nov. 14, but that fight was called off after Barberena's abdominal surgery. He won't have to wait long at all for the chance to try to improve to 4-0 as a UFC fighter. In Dalby, he'll face a fighter who has gone 1-1 since returning to the promotion in 2019.
No longer fighting Saturday
November 10, 2020
Rodriguez is no longer planning to fight at UFC Vegas 14 on Saturday, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Rodriguez was originally scheduled for a middleweight matchup against Bryan Barbarena, but Barbarena had to withdraw Saturday after underdoing surgery. With the event just a few days away, it doesn't appear the UFC will attempt to obtain a late-notice replacement.