Fighting out of Alhambra, California, United States, Daniel “D-Rod” Rodriguez, 33, was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 9.” It was his second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Rodriguez was born in California on December 31, 1986. He made his professional MMA debut in 2015.
“UFC on ESPN 9” marked Rodriguez’s second outing in the UFC debut. When he made his promotional debut at “UFC on ESPN+ 25” at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA on February 15, 2020, he submitted Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means, 36, of Albuquerque, New Mexico via standing guillotine choke.
Daniel Rodriguez vs Gabe Green
Featuring 11 professional mixed martial arts matches, “UFC on ESPN 9” took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on May 30, 2020. In the fifth bout of the evening, Rodriguez fought Gabe “Gifted” Green, 27, of Downey, California in the welterweight division.
Mark Smith served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the light heavyweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges, who all scored it 30-27.
In the end, Smith raised the hand of Rodriguez. The Alhambra native was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
At the end of the fight, Rodriguez shouted “Kobe!” Apparently, the Californian MMA fighter was referring to the late NBA star Kobe Bryant, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016.
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 9” improved Rodriguez’s professional MMA record to 12 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Green now has 9 wins and 3 losses.
Rodriguez is now riding an eight-bout winning streak. In his post-fight interview, he said, “I feel like I’m doing my thing in the UFC.”
“UFC on ESPN 9”
Brazil, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and the U.S. were represented at “UFC on ESPN 9,” which took place amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Royval and Elliott were two of the 27 fighters who represented the U.S.
In the co-main event of the evening, Augusto Sakai, 29, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil defeated Blagoy “Baga” Ivanov (Благой Иванов), 33, of Sofia, Bulgaria via split decision in the heavyweight division. In the main event, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, 33, of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil defeated Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, 38, of St. Louis, Missouri in the welterweight division via unanimous decision.