Daniel Rodriguez


Injury Hand
Est. Return 5/29/2021
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.
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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.
Needs new opponent
November 7, 2020
Rodriguez needs a new opponent for his Nov. 14 matchup after Bryan Barbarena underwent abdominal surgery Saturday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
Rodriguez was expected to fight at the welterweight level Nov. 14, but Barbarena was forced to withdraw due to his emergency surgery. It's unclear whether the promotion will find a new opponent in time for Rodriguez to remain on the card.
November fight on tap
October 28, 2020
Rodriguez will face Bryan Barberena in a welterweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Nov. 14, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Rodriguez had a slow start in his most recent fight in August, but he defeated Dwight Grant via TKO (punches) to extend his winning streak to nine. He's had trouble with striking defense, but he's yet to be knocked out in his professional career. In his fourth fight under the UFC banner, Rodriguez will take on Barberena, who underwent spinal surgery in August of 2019 but returned to defeat Anthony Ivy via unanimous decision in September of 2020. The fighters are even in height, but Rodriguez carries an advantage in reach.