UFC Fight Night 214: Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Lemos Picks and Predictions

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Marina Rodriguez and Amanda Lemos face off on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 214 in a women’s strawweight bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Rodriguez is currently ranked 3rd in the division while Lemos is ranked 7th. 

Marina Rodriguez comes into this fight with a 16-1-2 record overall and she has won four fights in a row. In Rodriguez’s last fight against Yan Xiaonan in March of 2022 and she was able to win by split decision. She was taken down twice in that fight, but she outstruck her opponent 72-56 and that was enough for the victory. Rodriguez is averaging 5.03 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.07 significant strikes per minute. She is averaging 0.20 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 33 percent of her takedown attempts. He is also stopping 65 percent of her opponents takedown attempts.

On the other side of this matchup is Amanda Lemos who sits with a 12-2-1 record overall and she has won six of her last seven fights. Lemos last fight came against Michelle Waterson in July of 2022 and she was able to secure the win by Guillotine choke. Two fights ago against Jessica Andrade, Lemos lost by an arm triangle. Lemos is averaging 4.87 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.40 significant strikes per minute. She is averaging 1.07 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 57 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 81 percent of his opponent's takedown attempts. 

Lemos is going to throw everything she has into this fight, and she’s going to put pressure on Rodriguez in this fight. Rodriguez however is the more technical fighter and she is going to withstand the pressure of Lemos. It might not be the prettiest fight but Rodriguez is going to get the job done. Back Rodriguez by decision. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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