Daniel Rodriguez
D-Rod

USA

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 2/25/2022
Facing medical suspension after win
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 31, 2021
Rodriguez is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez is coming off a big win over Kevin Lee last Saturday by unanimous decision. He did pick up a left hand injury, however, which he will need clearance on if he hopes to fight again before next February.
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Scores huge win over Kevin Lee
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 28, 2021
Rodriguez defeated Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez has been a revelation since joining the UFC back in February 2020, but this was by far his biggest win to date and it came in impressive fashion. Supremely composed inside the Octagon and extremely confident of his boxing skills, Rodriguez slowly overwhelmed Lee on the feet and managed to survive one successful takedown from his opponent in each of the three rounds. Over the course of the final ten minutes, Rodriguez out-landed Lee by a 116-43 count. Rodriguez's upside would appear to be limited due to the fact he turns 35 years old on New Year's Eve and is so reliant on his stand-up game, but his fight IQ is high and he has yet to be knocked out in his professional career. Given his age, the UFC should continue to push "D-Rod" until he proves he can't keep up.
Stepping in versus Kevin Lee
WelterweightUFC
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August 11, 2021
Rodriguez is scheduled to fight Kevin Lee at UFC Vegas 35 on Aug. 28, per MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
Lee was in need of a new opponent after an injury to Sean Brady, so Rodriguez will make a quick return to the Octagon after a first-round TKO over Preston Parsons on July 17. Rodriguez has won five of his first six UFC bouts.
Hot streak continues in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
Out
July 17, 2021
Rodriguez defeated Preston Parsons via TKO (punches) at 3:47 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 26 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an easy victory for Rodriguez against a clearly inferior opponent. Originally scheduled to face Abubakar Nurmagomedov (undisclosed), Rodriguez leaned on his power to overwhelm the debuting Parsons. Rodriguez has been brilliant since arriving on the scene in February 2020, picking up wins in five of his first six UFC bouts. Common sense would dictate that a 34-year-old, one-dimensional boxer such as Rodriguez would have an extremely limited long-term ceiling, but the power is legitimate and "D-Rod" has never been stopped in his pro career. The UFC should ensure he gets a better opponent his next time out.
Receives new opponent
WelterweightUFC
Out
July 9, 2021
Rodriguez will face Preston Parsons at the July 17 UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Abubakar Nurmagomedov (undisclosed) was forced to withdraw from the scheduled bout with an injury, and Parsons will make his UFC debut in Nurmagomedov's place. Rodriguez will attempt to build a win streak after defeating Mike Perry via unanimous decision in April.
Will need new opponent
WelterweightUFC
Out
July 8, 2021
Rodriguez will no longer fight Abubakar Nurmagomedov on July 17 after the later was forced to withdraw due to injury, Alex Behunin of Cageside Press reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC will need to work over the next couple days to be able to find a short notice replacement for Rodriguez. He last fought back in April when he defeated Mike Perry by unanimous decision. Rodriguez is 4-1 over his first five with the UFC.