This previous weekend at UFC 279, we noticed two high welterweight contenders meet at a catchweight though neither man fought their unique opponent. Daniel “D-Rod” Rodriguez (17-2) was returning for the primary time in over a 12 months to tackle “The Leech” Li Jingliang (19-8).
Initially, Rodriguez was set to tackle Kevin Holland at a catchweight of 180 kilos. Li Jingliang was set to tackle Tony Ferguson within the co-main occasion at welterweight. Nonetheless, after Khamzat Chimaev induced all the card to shift round, the UFC booked Rodriguez in opposition to Li.
Li was okay with taking the combat even if Rodriguez acquired to weigh in at 180 kilos whereas Li hit the welterweight mark. The combat went on and each males had a really shut technical battle.
For Rodriguez, the combat was all about his jab. He did a superb job at combating at his vary and sticking Li with the jab. In the meantime Li was doing a superb job of utilizing his pace and blitz assaults to attain factors. It was an in depth combat coming into the third spherical.
I actually imagine that D-Rod gained the ultimate spherical whereas working behind the jab. Nonetheless, I scored the primary two rounds at UFC 279 for Li. Nonetheless, two judges gave the choice and the win to Daniel Rodriguez.
What’s subsequent after UFC 279?
Whatever the circumstance, UFC 279 was nonetheless an enormous night time for Daniel Rodriguez. He fought and defeated a ranked contender and took his spot within the rankings. Within the up to date rankings, D-Rod is available in on the fourteenth spot.
Now that he has a quantity by his identify, what ought to be subsequent for D-Rod? Properly, I feel the UFC has a number of choices. One possibility I like is operating again the unique combat with Kevin Holland. I feel it will be a superb scrap and given Holland’s identify standing, I feel it will offset the shortage of a rating.
Two different choices I like for D-Rod is Michel Pereira and Vicente Luque. Actually love the concept of a Pereira combat contemplating the place each males are. Each males are on the tail finish of the rankings on huge profitable streaks. Whoever would win that combat can be assured a high ten opponent subsequent.