The first three rounds comprised Rodriguez chewing Waterson upwards with big right hands, knees from a Thai clinch, and elbows together with Waterson from the cage. As tough as Rodriguez attempted, however, she couldn't receive the durable Waterson from there. It had been among the greatest performances of Rodriguez's livelihood. Rodriguez (14-1-2) has only one loss in seven UFC outings and currently has two consecutive wins. The Muay Thai pro has been coming from a second-round TKO win over opportunity Amanda Ribas in January. Rodriguez, 34, has dropped only to former winner Carla Esparza from the UFC, but she's a set of draws against Cynthia Calvillo and Randa Markos. The bout took place with COVID-19 protocols in effect in the UFC Apex, the center throughout the road from the advertising's corporate campus. "[Waterson is] thus seasoned," Rodriguez explained. "That is what that I knew going in to it. When she had been Invicta winner, that has been [around precisely the exact same period as] my very first Muay Thai course. I looked up for her, also. I knew she had been really tough. To move five rounds with her win, it is an wonderful accomplishment for my livelihood." The first scheduled main event Saturday was prior bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw carrying on top competition Cory Sandhagen. However, Dillashaw withdrew a week due to injury. That bout is going to be rebooked. Rodriguez and Waterson did not agree to this particular bout -- up a branch at flyweight due to the time -- before April 27, along with the UFC did not make it official until last Tuesday. Rodriguez added that she intends to aim a top-three competitor -- possibly Joanna Jedrzejczyk -- to get her next battle and stated she feels as though she's near a title shot. Marina Rodriguez didn't arrive in Las Vegas before Thursday, two weeks after each other fighter on the card. The Brazilian native battles obtaining a visa to the USA due to COVID-19 and spent 20 hours travel over Wednesday and Thursday morning. "There were numerous struggles, however, the major thing was only armoring my thoughts," Rodriguez said after the struggle using a translator. "The entire team set up our shields. We knew it'd be different and we could not be shaken by it." Coming in, ESPN had Rodriguez rated No. 6 on earth in strawweight, and Waterson rated No. 9. Rodriguez stated the essential element about beating her prefight travel insanity"was we could enter, show the job we did and find the success even with everything going against us." Waterson shot Rodriguez down at the fourth and gained large elbows from half shield. Waterson followed up that with a sidekick into the body that certainly harms Rodriguez. In that closing, eventful around, Rodriguez managed to score a mind kick overdue that did harm to Waterson. Waterson (18-9) is the prior Invicta FC atom weight winner and among the most well-known women's fighters around the UFC roster.