Daniel Rodriguez

D-Rod

USA

Next battle scheduled
WelterweightUFC
September 22, 2022
Rodriguez will fight Neil Magny at UFC Vegas 62 on Oct. 15, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This is an intriguing matchup, as Rodriguez will go for his fifth straight victory when he battles Mangy in October. Rodriguez has only lost one time across his last 14 fights, and he most recently defeated Li Jingliang at UFC 279 on Sept. 10. On the other hand, Magny will look to get back on track with a win, as he previously lost to Shavkat Rakhmonov on June 26.
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Gets benefit of judges decision
WelterweightUFC
September 10, 2022
Rodriguez defeated Li Jingliang via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 279 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez should thank his lucky stars that two of the three judges thought he deserved to win this fight, because he would probably have difficulty convincing most others who watched the bout. It was a close competitive fight throughout. The main difference between Rodriguez and Li was that D-Rod, the considerably larger man, refused to vary his attacks. Daniel is an excellent boxer, but that's all he brings to the table. He doesn't grapple at all, and he doesn't throw kicks. That makes his offensive attacks extremely predictable, and Li appeared to solve the riddle. That said, Rodriguez has won four in a row and eight of his first nine UFC bouts, so he's doing something right. It's just difficult to see him having success against high-end competition giving his inability to generate secondary offense.
Opponent for UFC 279 changes
WelterweightUFC
September 9, 2022
Rodriguez will now take on Li Jingliang on the UFC 279 card Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez's shift in opponent comes on the heels of Khamzat Chimaev missing weight by 7.5 pounds due to a medical issue where a doctor suggested he discontinue cutting weight in the 24 hours before weigh-ins. Rodriguez will instead face Jingliang, while his former opponent, Kevin Holland, will now face Chimaev.
Lined up for Holland at UFC 279
WelterweightUFC
August 24, 2022
Rodriguez is in line to take on Kevin Holland in a welterweight matchup at UFC 279 on September 10, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Rodriguez is riding a three-fight winning streak in the UFC, though he won't have competed for over a year by the time this fight comes around, as he's been sidelined with a hand injury. By contrast, Holland is one of the more active fighters on the roster, as he'll be looking for his third victory in 2022 alone. Rodriguez has a major striking volume edge, as he's been able to sustain a pace of more than eight significant strikes landed per minute through eight fights with the UFC (seven wins, including Contender Series). Holland much prefers a stand-up affair, however, as he sports a sub-par 50 percent takedown defense. Rodriguez hasn't necessarily been known for his wrestling, but he may have to use it to close the distance given Holland's two-inch height and whopping seven-inch reach advantages.
Facing medical suspension after win
WelterweightUFC
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.
Scores huge win over Kevin Lee
WelterweightUFC
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.