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UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Rodriguez Main Card Picks (Oct 9)

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  • UFC Fight Night back at Apex Centre.
  • Several fights scheduled for Prelims and Main Card.
  • Strawweights Mackenzie Dern and Marina Rodriguez set to headline.

The UFC will return this Saturday afternoon at the promotion’s state-of-the-art Apex Centre.

Despite slightly fewer bouts than usual scheduled to take place, there should still be plenty of intrigue from fight fans all around the world.

Jujutsu ace and women’s strawweight contender Mackenzie Dern is headlining her first-ever event and will be looking to extend her impressive record to 12 wins and just one defeat – but she’ll have to find a way past Marina Rodriguez first.

Elsewhere, hard-hitters Randy Brown and Jared Gooden are set to co-main with other notable matchups including Sabina Mazo taking on Mariya Agapova and bantamweight Chris Gutierrez and Felipe Colares squaring off in the feature Prelim.

How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Rodriguez

  • Location: UFC Apex Centre, Las Vegas, USA
  • Date and Time: October 9, 2021 at 1pm E.T
  • Channel: UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+

UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Rodriguez – Full Schedule

Prelims

  • Lightweight: Steve Garcia (11-4) vs. Charlie Ontiveros (11-7)
  • Women’s Strawweight: Lupita Godinez (5-1) vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (10-2)
  • Featherweight: Charles Rosa (14-5) vs. Damon Jackson (18-4)
  • Heavyweight: Alexandr Romanov (14-0) vs. Jared Vanderaa (12-5)
  • Bantamweight: Chris Gutierrez (16-3) vs. Felipe Colares (10-2)

Main Card

  • Women’s Flyweight: Sabina Mazo (9-2) vs. Mariya Agapova (9-2)
  • Flyweight: Tim Elliott (18-11) vs. Matheus Nicolau (16-3)
  • Welterweight: Randy Brown (13-4) vs. Jared Gooden (18-6)
  • Women’s Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern (11-1) vs. Marina Rodriguez (14-1)

Sabina Mazo vs. Mariya Agapova

Known for her toughness, Mazo is a hard fighter to finish off.

I expect Agapova to put up a good fight but suspect the ‘Columbian Queen’ to be too skilled in the striking department.

Prediction: Sabina Mazo to win via decision.

January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Sabina Mazo during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Sabina Mazo during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Sabina Mazo vs. Mariya Agapova Popular MarketsOdds
Sabina Mazo to win outright-175
Mariya Agapova to win outright+150

Tim Elliott vs. Matheus Nicolau

This one should definitely be fun!

With 18 professional finishes between them, I would be surprised to see this go all three rounds.

Better skilled on the ground – I am going to tip Nicolau to bag the submission win.

Prediction: Matheus Nicolau to win via submission.

Jul 28, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Dustin Ortiz (red gloves) defeats Matheus Nicolau (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 28, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Dustin Ortiz (red gloves) defeats Matheus Nicolau (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Elliott vs. Matheus Nicolau Popular MarketsOdds
Tim Elliott to win outright+165
Matheus Nicolau to win outright-190

Randy Brown vs. Jared Gooden

This one is my underdog pick.

Brown will come into Saturday’s bout as the red hot favorite, however, do not write Gooden off. He is more experienced and is coming in off the back of a brutal first-round knockout win.

It’s possible fight fans will see a finish in this one, but do not be surprised to see it go the distance in what has the potential to be a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender.

Prediction: Jared Gooden to win via decision.

Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA;   Jared Gooden punches Abubakar Nurmagomedov of Russia in their welterweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jared Gooden punches Abubakar Nurmagomedov of Russia in their welterweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Randy Brown vs. Jared Gooden Popular MarketsOdds
Randy Brown to win outright+205
Jared Gooden to win outright-240

Mackenzie Dern vs. Marina Rodriguez

Saturday’s main event will see the excellently skilled Dern make her headlining debut.

I struggle to see many paths to victory for Rodriguez – I anticipate Dern’s ground game to be too much for her opponent to handle.

Expect an early ending in this one, folks.

Prediction: Mackenzie Dern to win via submission.

May 30, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Mackenzie Dern (red gloves) celebrates after her submission victory over Hannah Cifers (blue gloves) in their strawweight fight during UFC Fight Night.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa via USA TODAY Sports
May 30, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Mackenzie Dern (red gloves) celebrates after her submission victory over Hannah Cifers (blue gloves) in their strawweight fight during UFC Fight Night. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa via USA TODAY Sports
Mackenzie Dern vs. Marina Rodriguez Popular MarketsOdds
Mackenzie Dern to win outright-190
Marina Rodriguez to win outright+165

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