On Friday, December 14, Daniel Rodriguez (0-0) of Jungle Gym in the Bronx, New York will be battling Justin Clarke (0-0) in a bantamweight matchup. “Flaco”Rodriguez and Clarke will be making their professional debuts at Cage Fury Fighting Championship 71 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.
Rodriguez joined Kyle Carroll on Carroll’s Corner MMA Podcast to speak about his impressive amateur career and his upcoming MMA pro debut fight in mid-December. “Flaco” went 8-1 as an amateur compared to his upcoming foe’s 4-1 amateur record.
According to Tapology, Rodriguez was the sixth-ranked amateur in New York State but don’t be fooled. He was the top amateur bantamweight in the Empire State. Boosting an 8-1 record, six of his victories were finishes, one split decision, and one unanimous decision victory.
Rodriguez is one of the largest bantamweights in the division. He’s a lethal striker that understands how to use his range and a grappler with slick transitions to submissions. Training out of Jungle Gym in the Bronx, New York, the former Aggressive Combat Championship (ACC) champion seeks to climb the rankings quick as he plans to stay busy in the upcoming calendar year.
Jungle Gym produces the toughest fighters in the tri-state area. Example of their toughness – Rodriguez battled through a broken jaw in his second to the last bout as an amateur which occurred in the first round to snag an armbar submission victory with only one second remaining in the fight. Aside from the toughness that pours out of Jungle Gym under head coach Master Chim, highly skilled champions are developed and Rodriguez believes everything he needs to become a champion is already in place at Jungle Gym.
Fight fans can expect a battle from Rodriguez as he is a highly touted bantamweight prospect with the capabilities of winning the bout no matter where the geography of the fight takes place. Tickets are on sale at www.CFFC.TV. Be sure to get your tickets now and make sure you watch the full interview with Daniel “Flaco” Rodriguez below as he prepares to make his professional MMA debut at CFFC 71.
Carroll’s Corner MMA Podcast Interview with Daniel Rodriguez:
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).