Marina Rodriguez in Final Talks to Fight Mackenzie Dern in October ‘UFC Fight Night”

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.

Marina RodriguezContracts haven’t been signed, but the 115-pound contest is close to being finalized, according to sources.

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.

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