The UFC continues to roll along with UFC Vegas 23 on Saturday afternoon, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, also known as UFC on ABC 2, is set to kick off at 11:30 a.m. ET on April 10 before heading to ESPN+ at noon. The main card opened with Daniel Rodriguez beating Mike Perry via decision.
In the night’s main event, Kevin Holland takes a short notice fight and a quick turnaround since his loss to Derek Brunson last month. Holland will meet Marvin Vettori in a middleweight clash.
In a welterweight matchup, “Platinum” Mike Perry and Daniel “D-Rod” Rodriguez are set to kick off the main card. With both fighters coming off a loss in their previous bouts, this bout is expected to be a war as both fighters yearn to get back in the win column.
Perry, entering the UFC Octagon for the fifteenth time this evening, is coming off a loss to Tim Means in his last outing. Self admittedly having minimal of his typical training necessities, Perry went out for a Hail Mary against “The Dirty Bird” Tim means and came up short. With time to right his wrongs, “Platinum” Mike Perry has seemingly honed his intensity to harness his eccentricity for the best of his career.
Daniel Rodriguez was on a 9 fight winning streak until his last outing, dropping a decision to Nicholas Dalby. Not used to being on the short end of the stick, Rodriguez is eager to snatch a victory over Perry to catapult him into the welterweight mix.
Here’s how the welterweight matchup between “Platinum” Mike Perry and Daniel D-Rod” Rodriguez went down at UFC on ABC 2. Including round-by-round scoring. For full event results, check them out right here
Round 1: Perry leads with a leg kick. Rodriguez fires back hard with a head kick followed by a hard left hook from Rodriguez. Daniel Rodriguez follows with a leg kick keeping Perry on the outside. Perry is trying to find his rhythm but walks into punches each time he attempts to penetrate Rodriguez’s offense. Perry walks straight into a right hook. Perry fires a couple of leg kicks to work his way in. A crisp 1-2 combo from Rodriguez hurts Perry, putting him on his heels. Rodriguez doesn’t immediately pounce, instead chooses to methodically pick apart, avoiding any unnecessary damage. Perry gets back to his kicks to gain an inch. Rodriguez lands another flush 1-2. Perry lunges for the right hook to no avail. He switches levels and manages to elevate Rodriguez over his head and crashes him to the mat. Rodriguez does a great job recovering guard while Perry tries to advance. Perry continues attempting to advance position to no avail and the round expires.
MyMMANews scores round 1 for Daniel Rodriguez. 10-9
Round 2: Perry leads with a leg kick. A hard body kick from Rodriguez is blocked by Perry as he gets to pawing his jab. Rodriguez is gaining traction, landing hard jabs at will, hurting Perry with each shot landed. Perry switches levels again and gets the bout to the ground, once again. Rodriguez bounces back up and the fighters trade single strikes with Rodriguez getting the best of the exchanges. Perry’s face is starting to show Rodriguez power and accuracy as Rodriguez batters him over and over with his successful 1-2, combo. In a last act of desperation, Perry clinches Rodriguez against the fence, for the last second takedown which is fended off.
MyMMNews scores round 2 for Daniel Rodriguez. 10-9
Round 3: Perry comes out looking to take Rodriguez’s head off with a wide-winging right hook. Rodriguez does an excellent job keeping Perry on the outside of his strikes, sticking with what has worked. Perry grabs Rodriguez early but is shrugged off. Rodriguez gets back to striking from the outside with his sniper-like accuracy. Shot after shot landing with authority on a bruised Perry’s face. To Perry’s credit, he refuses to go down and is continuing to throw. However, with a minute left, Rodriguez is landing at Will and Perry looks as if he could crumble at any moment. The two warriors spend the closing moments jocking for position in the clinch as the final bell sounds.
MyMMANews scores round 3 for Daniel Rodriguez. 10-9
Official result: Daniel “D-Rod” Rodriguez defeats Mike Perry via unanimous decision. (30-27), (30-27), (30-26)
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