- Given Name: Marina Alcalde Rodriguez
- Pro MMA Record: 16-1-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: N/A
- Current Streak: 4 Wins
- Age: 1987-04-29 | Date of Birth: 1987.04.29
- Last Fight: March 05, 2022 in UFC
- Weight Class: Strawweight | Last Weigh-In: 116.0 lbs
- Affiliation: Thai Brasil Floripa
- Height: 5'6" (168cm) | Reach: 65.0" (165cm)
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $50,000 USD
- Born: Bage, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
- Fighting out of: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
- College: N/A
- Foundation Style: Muay Thai
- Head Coach: Marcio Malko
- Other Coaches: Alexandre de Souza
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Marina Rodriguez (born April 29, 1987) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. She currently competes in the Strawweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She fights out of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil and represents Thai Brasil Floripa.
As of October 25, 2021, she is #3 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings and as of November 23, 2021, she is #8 in UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings. As of March 25, 2022, she is a 4th stripe purple belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu under Igor Soares, who is currently her grappling coach. As of December 19, 2018, she is black prajied in Muay Thai under her headcoach Márcio Malko.
Rodriguez was born in Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to Luis Rodriguez and Diva Alcalde Rodriguez. She has two brothers, Gabriel and Roberto. Marina took great inspiration from her younger sibling, Roberto, who is a two-time Parapan American gold medalist and has represented Brazil in the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In her youth, Rodriguez played soccer, volley, basketball and handball. Growing tired of the lack of physical exercise in her job as a graphic designer, she started looking for a way to lose some gained weight. Eventually she joined a muay Thai class in 2013 and soon thereafter started taking amateur bouts.
Rodriguez started her professional MMA career in 2015 and fought primarily in Brazil and amassed a record of 9-0 before competing in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series Brazil - Season 1, Episode 2 .
Rodriguez appeared in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWTNCS) |Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series Brazil - Season 1, Episode 2 web-series program on August 11, 2018, facing Maria de Oliveira Neta. She won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.
Rodriguez made her UFC debut on September 22, 2018 against Randa Markos at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders. The back and forth contest was ultimately ruled a majority draw.
Her next fight on UFC came on March 30, 2019 at UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje, against Jessica Aguilar. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Rodriguez faced Tecia Torres on August 10, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 14. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Rodriguez faced Cynthia Calvillo on December 7, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 7. As Calvillo missed weight by 4.5 pounds over the strawweight non-title fight limit of 116, the bout was held at a catchweight. Calvillo was fined 30% her purse, which went to her opponent Rodriguez. After three rounds of fighting, the bout ended with a majority draw.
Rodriguez faced Carla Esparza at UFC on ESPN 14, on July 26, 2020. Rodriguez lost by split decision. Esparza's grappling game, combined with her ground and pound, managed to sway the judges in her favor. The scorecards came back 30-27 and 29-28 for Esparza with the third judge giving a 29-28 score to Rodriguez. Rodriguez took advantage with arguably the most punishing strikes during the bout; however, after two close rounds, Esparza succeeded to secure the victory by dragging Rodriguez into her world on the mat where she began employing suffocating ground and pound attack.
Rodriguez faced Amanda Ribas, on January 24, 2021 at UFC 257. Rodriguez won the fight via technical knockout in round two. Her finishing ability with a highlight-reel knockout over Ribas earned her the Performance of the Night award.
As the first fight of her new, multi-fight contract Rodriguez faced Michelle Waterson in a flyweight bout on May 8, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 24. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Rodriguez faced Mackenzie Dern on October 9, 2021 on UFC Fight Night 194. Surviving several terrible positions on the ground, Rodriguez defeated Mackenzie Dern via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. It was a classic striker vs. grappler battle, where Rodriguez, the striker, came away with the victory and the Fight of the Night award.
Rodriguez faced Yan Xiaonan on March 5, 2022 at UFC 272. She won the fight via split decision. After a strong start by Xiaonan, Rodriguez rallied and capped the fight off with a powerful third round. It was Round 2 that the judges had different opinions on. Two of them awarded it to Rodriguez. As expected, it was a closely contested affair between two of the division’s top strikers.
Riding an impressive 4 fights winning streak, Rodriguez is potentially the next challenger for the strawweight belt, an opportunity in which she seeks revenge by securing a rematch against the reigning champion: Carla Esparza.