Taking main event status at the UFC Apex facility, a high-stakes potential strawweight title-eliminator between the #4 ranked, Mackenzie Dern, and the #6 rated, Marina Rodriguez.
in the midst of a four fight winning run, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace, Dern last featured at UFC on ABC 2 in April, besting the returning, Nina Nunes with a late opening round armbar win — subsequently becoming the most prolific strawweight grappler in the history of the promotion with four separate submission stoppage victories.
11-1 as a professional, Arizona-born grappler, Dern has managed to take an eye-catching six wins from seven Octagon walks, dispatching Ashley Yoder, Amanda Cooper, Hannah Cifers, Randa Markos, Virna Jandiroba, as well as the aforenoted, Nunes.
Taking headlining honors against Dern is Rio Grande do Sul native, Rodriguez, who enters the main event bout off the back of a two-fight winning run — the last of which came against strawweight mainstay, Michelle Waterson in a UFC Vegas 26 main event back in May.
Rodriguez, a product of Dana White‘s Contender Series — has also managed a knockout victory over common-foe, Amanda Ribas, as well as a pair of unanimous decision triumphs over Tecia Torres and Jessica Aguilar.
UFC Vegas 39 Results: Dern vs. Rodriguez
Main Card: (ESPN+ 4 p.m. ET)
Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez def. Mackenzie Dern via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Catchweight (174lbs): Randy Brown def. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Matheus Nicolau def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Flyweight: Mariya Agapova def. Sabina Mazo via third round (0:53) submission (rear-naked choke)
Bantamweight: Chris Gutierrez def. Felipe Corales via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 2 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Alexander Romanov def. Jared Vanderaa via second round (4:43) TKO (ground strikes)
Featherweight: Damon Jackson def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
Strawweight: Lupita Godinez def. Silvana Gomez Juarez via first round (4:14) submission (armbar)
Lightweight: Steve Garcia def. Charlies Ontiveros via second round (1:51) TKO (ground strikes)