(REUTERS) – Brazil’s Marina Rodriguez emerged with a unanimous-decision victory over the USA’ Michelle Waterson in a flyweight battle that served as the primary occasion of a UFC Combat Night time card on Saturday (Could 8) in Las Vegas.
Rodriguez (14-1-2) piled up massive benefits in whole strikes, 144-100, and vital strikes, 125-88.
The ultimate scorecards had Rodriguez profitable 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46.
“It was a five-round battle towards the powerful opponent, so for positive I used to be going to get banged up just a little,” Rodriguez mentioned by means of a translator.
“Only a week’s relaxation and I will be positive.”
Waterson (18-9-0) produced the one takedown of the match, within the fourth spherical, regardless of making 5 takedown makes an attempt.
Rodriguez mentioned: “She’s so skilled. That is a factor I knew going into it… I knew she was very powerful, so to go 5 rounds along with her and win, it is a tremendous feat for me in my profession.”
Concerning the fourth spherical, Rodriguez mentioned: “She was in a position to take me down and management me fairly nicely. I used to be in a position to at the very least keep away from loads of harm, and that was the primary factor, be sure that I at the very least (get by means of it) as a result of it is 5 rounds.”
Within the co-main occasion, last-minute alternative Alex Morono stopped Donald Cerrone with punches at 4 minutes and 40 seconds of the primary spherical in a welterweight bout.
Morono (19-7-0) landed a number of proper arms to the pinnacle whereas mixing in a couple of physique blows, and the referee ultimately stepped in with Cerrone backed towards the fence.
Cerrone (36-16-0) had been scheduled to oppose Diego Sanchez, however the Final Preventing Championship (UFC) severed ties with Sanchez in late April following questions relating to the 39-year-old’s medical historical past.
Morono agreed to step for Sanchez to oppose Cerrone on the Saturday card.