Marina Rodriguez will fight Virna Jandiroba in the UFC 288 prelims. The bout is set to take place in the women’s strawweight division for 3 rounds. Rodriguez currently occupies the 5th rank in the division, while Jandiroba is ranked at 8th. While the winner of the contest will not receive a title shot right away, they may be in for a big fight in the near future.
Virna Jandiroba is a great fighter who lacks consistency in her career. Over the course of her last 7 bouts, Virna has a record of 4 wins and 3 losses. While she beat Angela Hill in May 2022 in her last bout, Jandiroba lost to Amanda Ribas prior to that. She is coming back after almost a year. Fighting Marina is a big opportunity, which provides her the chance to move up the ranks.
Guerreras ranqueadas en peso paja van con todo❗️ #UFC288 @wmmarz vs @VirnaJandiroba pic.twitter.com/iyH4cP8nwH— UFC Español (@UFCEspanol) May 5, 2023
Her opponent this Saturday, Marina Rodriguez, lost her last bout to Amanda Lemos via TKO. However, she also holds a win over Yan Xiaonan, who is set to feature in the main card of the UFC 288. Before the loss to Lemos, she had wins over Amanda Ribas, Mackenzie Dern, and Michelle Waterson. So who wins in a bout between Jandiroba and Rodriguez this Saturday? Let’s find out.
UFC 288: Marina Rodriguez vs Virna Jandiroba Stats
|Stats||Marina Rodriguez||Virna Jandiroba|
|Height||1.68 m||1.6 m|
|Division||Women’s Strawweight||Women’s Strawweight|
|Reach||165.1 cm||162.6 cm|
Rodriguez vs Jandiroba: Fight Breakdown
Marina Rodriguez has a professional record of 16-2-2. As previously mentioned, she has victories over quite a lot of elite fighters in the division. She holds 6 KO/TKO wins and 1 submission win. While her finishing record is not great, Marina is an extremely difficult fighter to beat due to her defensively sound skills. However, Jandiroba is quite the opposite in her fighting skills.
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Virna Jandiroba has a pro-MMA record of 18-3. The 34-year-old has only 1 KO win and 13 submission wins. According to UFC Stats, she averages 2.31 takedowns per fight with an accuracy rate of 38%. However, her striking stats are not quite up to the mark as Virna lands 2.45 strikes per minute while absorbing 3.19 strikes. So Marina knows which game plan to adopt against Virna on May 6.
Marina Rodriguez has 4.80 strikes per minute while absorbing 3.05 strikes at the same time. Hence, Marina can use her superior striking skills to take advantage of Jandiroba’s high absorption rate. However, Virna is yet to suffer a stoppage loss in her career. But, where Marina is lacking in her grappling department.
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She only has a takedown defense rate of 65% and only manages an average of 0.19 takedowns per fight. So the bout will ultimately come down to Virna’s grappling and Marina’s striking. Whoever can use their skills better, will walk away with the win. However, Marina will have the advantage due to her reach and experience.