Marina Rodriguez has lined up her next challenger…
The UFC is targeting an important strawweight fight between the 34-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist and Mackenzie Dern to headline a card in October, according to ESPN.
The fight is expected to headline UFC Fight Night on October 9, at a location to be determined.
Rodriguez and Dern are the Nos. 5- and 6-ranked strawweights, respectively, in UFC.
Rodriguez (14-1-2) is coming off a five-round unanimous decision over Michelle Waterson in May. She has surged up the 115-pound rankings with victories over Waterson and Amanda Ribas. She is 4-1-2 overall in the UFC.
Dern (11-1) has been on a tear since returning to the sport after giving birth to her first child in 2019. She went 3-0 in 2020 with two finishes, including a first-round armbar finish over Nina Nunes in April.