UFC Strawweight Marina Rodriguez trained powering shut doorways at her household health club, Thai Brasil, in Florianópolis. Only four men and women were allowed in the gymnasium, as she ready for her bout versus Carla Esparza.
Head coach Marcio Malko shut all general public courses, when he trained Rodriguez alongside with grappling coach Igor Soares, and education partner Daiana Torquato.
Rodriguez (12–2) spent 10 times coaching at Alpha Male in February. She experienced the opportunity to discover various aspects of martial arts with Fabio Prado and Urijah Faber.
“It was nice to know a new surroundings that has the very same ambitions in fighting that I have. Fábio embraced us when we visited Alpha Male,” Rodriguez explained. “He took us to train with Faber, and the staff gave us their total focus.”
The strawweight’s Muay Thai ranks higher amongst all 115-pounders in the UFC. Nonetheless, takedown defense is a thing that will be highlighted, when she squares off with Carla Esparza.
Rodriguez recently faced Cynthia Calvillo, the place she held the struggle on the feet until eventually Calvillo pinned her down in the 3rd spherical. The judges scored it as a attract, even though many assumed Rodriguez dominated the initially two rounds with her sizeable strikes.
Calvillo’s takedown in the very last spherical, time-managed and damage completed on the ground impacted a consequence that could’ve been a unanimous final decision for Rodriguez.
Esparza will search to get this fight to do the ground. She’s tied with Claudia Gadelha with 34 takedowns – the most in the UFC strawweight division.
Thai Brasil’s Rodriguez appears to be to continue to be undefeated, and preventing at Combat Island helps make it a little bit additional distinctive.
“I desired and knew I would be at Struggle Island. It is a great strategy, possessing fights on an island. I will make the most of this option,” Rodriguez reported. And I’m seeking forward to giving MMA fans an extraordinary struggle.”
Rodriguez faces Esparza on Saturday, July 25, showcased on the most important card of Whittaker vs. Till.