Mike Rodríguez (fighter)

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Mike Rodríguez
BornMichael Earl Rodríguez[1]
(1988-11-28) November 28, 1988 (age 32)
Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Other namesSlow
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205.2 lb (93.1 kg; 14.66 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight
Reach82.5 in (210 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofBoston, Massachusetts, United States[2]
TeamLauzon MMA
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By submission2
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Earl Rodríguez (born November 28, 1988)[1] is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the light heavyweight division. He has formely competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rodríguez started his professional MMA career in 2013 and fought under Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES MMA) and Cage Titans promoters in the northeast region of United States. He achieved a record of 8–2 in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series.[4]

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series[edit]

Rodríguez appeared in Dana White's Contender Series 5 web-series program, facing Jamelle Jones on August 8, 2017.[5] He won the fight via a flying-knee knockout and earned a UFC contract.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Rodríguez made his UFC debut on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223, facing Devin Clark.[7] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[8]

Rodríguez's second UFC fight was on December 15, 2018 at UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 against Adam Milstead.[9] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[10]

Rodríguez faced John Allan Arte on July 13, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd.[11] He originally lost the fight via unanimous decision;[12] however, Arte was tested positive for banned hormone and metabolic modulator tamoxifen for which he received a one year USADA suspension and was fined $4,800 by the California State Athletic Commission which overruled the original decision to a no contest.[13]

Rodríguez faced Da Un Jung on December 21, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 23.[14] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[15]

Rodríguez faced Marcin Prachnio on August 22, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 15.[16] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[17]

Rodríguez faced Ed Herman on September 12, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 177.[18] He lost the fight via a kimura in round three.[19] Due to a controversial decision by the referee to pause the fight in the second round after mistaking a clean shot from Rodríguez for a low blow, the organization awarded Rodríguez his win bonus despite the loss.[20] Subsequently, Rodríguez's team also appealed the loss with the NSAC.[21] In turn, the request for an appeal was denied.[22]

Rodríguez faced Danilo Marques on February 6, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 184.[23] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke in round two.[24]

Rodríguez faced Tafon Nchukwi on September 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 192.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

After the loss, Rodríguez was released by the UFC.[27]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 11 wins 7 losses
By knockout 9 1
By submission 2 3
By decision 0 3
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–7 (1) Tafon Nchukwi Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18, 2021 3 500 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–6 (1) Danilo Marques Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov February 6, 2021 2 4:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–5 (1) Ed Herman Submission (kimura) UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill September 12, 2020 3 4:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 (1) Marcin Prachnio KO (elbow and punches) UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar August 22, 2020 1 2:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–4 (1) Da Un Jung KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Korean Zombie December 21, 2019 1 1:04 Busan, South Korea
NC 10–3 (1) John Allan Arte NC (overturned) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Scored a decision win for Arte; overturned as he tested positive for tamoxifen.
Win 10–3 Adam Milstead TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 December 15, 2018 1 2:59 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 9–3 Devin Clark Decision (unanimous) UFC 223 April 7, 2018 3 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 9–2 Jamelle Jones KO (flying knee) Dana White's Contender Series 5 August 8, 2017 1 2:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Alec Hooben TKO (punches and elbows) CES MMA 44 May 12, 2017 1 4:46 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Win 7–2 James Dysard TKO (punches) CES MMA 43 April 15, 2017 1 0:39 Beverly, Massachusetts, United States
Win 6–2 Hector Sanchez KO (punches) CES MMA 41 January 27, 2017 1 0:07 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Loss 5–2 Kevin Haley Submission (toe hold) CES MMA 39 November 4, 2016 1 1:08 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 5–1 John Poppie Submission (triangle choke) CES MMA 38 September 23, 2016 2 1:32 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Catchweight (192 lb) bout.
Win 4–1 Stephond Ewins KO (flying knee) CES MMA 37 August 12, 2016 1 3:38 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Catchweight (200 lb) bout.
Win 3–1 Buck Pineau Submission (rear-naked choke) CES MMA 35 April 16, 2016 2 4:03 Beverly, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 2–1 Pat McCrohan Decision (unanimous) CES MMA 32 January 8, 2016 3 5:00 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Win 2–0 Stephen Stengel TKO (punches) Cage Titans 21 November 1, 2014 1 1:22 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Ralph Johnson TKO (retirement) Cage Titans 18 May 5, 2014 1 3:50 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Middleweight debut.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: September 12, 2020
  2. ^ a b "Mike Rodriguez | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  3. ^ @mrodmma (June 13, 2015). ""Look what I found in the move, honestly i forgot I was a blue belt"". Retrieved December 29, 2019 – via Instagram.
  4. ^ Sherdog.com. "Mike". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  5. ^ "Dana White's Contender Series 5 lineup revealed, with Mike Rodriguez vs. Jamelle Jones". MMA Junkie. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  6. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2017-08-08). "DWTNCS 5 results: Mike Rodriguez, Alex Perez latest UFC signees". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  7. ^ DNA, MMA. "Devin Clark vecht tegen Mike Rodriguez tijdens een UFC 223 in Brooklyn". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  8. ^ "UFC 223 results: Devin Clark wears down Michael Rodriguez for decision win". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-08. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  9. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-10-17). "De La Rocha vs. Adams & Milstead vs. Rodriguez toegevoegd aan UFC Milwaukee". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  10. ^ "UFC on FOX 31 Fight Pass prelims results: Juan Adams, Mike Rodriguez get stoppage wins". MMAjunkie. 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  11. ^ ATSteveDuncan (2019-07-05). "Villante fuera, John Allan enfrenta a Mike Rodriguez en UFC Sacramento". MMA.uno , #1 En noticias de Artes Marciales Mixtas (MMA) en Español. (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  12. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2019-07-13). "UFC Sacramento Results: John Allan Upsets Mike Rodriguez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  13. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2019-10-18). "John Allan Arte gets one-year suspension for tamoxifen metabolite". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  14. ^ "Da Un Jung vs. Mike Rodriguez slated for UFC on ESPN+ 23 in South Korea". MMA Junkie. 2019-09-26. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  15. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-12-21). "UFC Busan Results: Da Un Jung Finishes Mike Rodriguez Early". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  16. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-07-27). "Mike Rodriguez vs. Marcin Prachnio toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 22 augustus". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  17. ^ Vreeland, Daniel (2020-08-22). "UFC Vegas 7 Results: "Slow" Mike Rodriguez Makes Quick Work of Marcin Prachnio". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  18. ^ Alexander K. Lee, Steven Marrocco and Damon Martin (2020-09-03). "Ed Herman to fight Mike Rodriguez at Sept. 12 UFC event". ufc.com. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  19. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-09-12). "UFC Vegas 10 Results: Ed Herman Feigns Illegal Blow, Then Stops Mike Rodriguez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  20. ^ "Dana White rips 'Mazzagatti level' referee blunder in Ed Herman vs. Mike Rodriguez". MMA Junkie. 2020-09-13. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  21. ^ Marc Raimondi (September 19, 2020). "Mike Rodriguez appeals loss to Ed Herman over ref's low-blow ruling". ESPN.
  22. ^ Farah Hannoun and Nolan King (2020-11-23). "NAC rejects Mike Rodriguez's appeal of UFC loss". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  23. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-11-19). "Drie nieuwe gevechten toegevoegd aan verschillende UFC evenementen". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  24. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2021-02-06). "UFC Vegas 18 Results: Danilo Marques Puts Mike Rodriguez to Sleep". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  25. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-06-10). "Tafon Nchukwi vs. Mike Rodriguez toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 18 september". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  26. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-09-18). "UFC Vegas 37 Results: Tafon Nchukwi Dominates Mike Rodriguez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  27. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (2021-10-01). "Thomas Almeida, three others no longer on UFC roster". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  28. ^ Sherdog.com. "Mike". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-12-22.

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