Daniel Rodriguez (fighter)

Daniel Rodriguez (born December 31, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional mixed martial artist since 2015, Rodriguez has also competed in Bellator, King of the Cage, and Combate Americas. As of September 13, 2022, he is #14 in the UFC welterweight rankings.[6]

Daniel Rodriguez
Born (1986-12-31) December 31, 1986 (age 35)
Alhambra, California, United States
Other namesD-Rod
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Welterweight (current)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofAlhambra, California, United States
TeamTapouT LA (formerly)[1]
The Yard Muay Thai[1]
BMF Ranch (2019–present)[2][3]
Syndicate MMA (2021–present)[4]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo[5]
Years active2015–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission4
By decision5
By decision2
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


According to Rodriguez, he grew up in Los Angeles in a gang affiliated family, alternating between the hood and jail system while continuously getting into fights in both.[7] Without any sports background, Rodriguez began training boxing and eventually mixed martial arts in his mid-twenties.[7]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Rodriguez compiled a 7–0 amateur record as a Welterweight from late 2013 to 2015.[8] Rodriguez later began his professional career in 2015, competing mainly in Combate Americas, with a one off fight at Bellator 170. Eventually racking up a 8–1 record,[9] he competed on Dana White's Contender Series 22,[10] however he did not earn a UFC contract through his unanimous decision win against Rico Farrington.[11] Afterwards, he won the Smash Global Welterweight Championship,[12] before he was given a UFC contract.[13]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Rodriguez made his promotional debut on February 15, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 167 as a late replacement for Ramazan Emeev against Tim Means.[14] Rodriguez won the fight via submission in the second round.[15] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[16]

Rodriguez was expected to face Kevin Holland on May 30, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns .However, On May 26, Holland was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Daniel Rodriguez due to an injury [17] and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Gabriel Green[18] Rodriguez won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Rodriguez was expected to face Takashi Sato on August 22, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 15.[20] Despite making the required weight, Sato was not cleared to fight by Nevada State Athletic Commission medical personnel and he was replaced by Dwight Grant whose opponent, Calen Born, was pulled from the same event for undisclosed reason.[21] After being knocked down in the beginning of the fight, Rodriguez knocked Grant down multiple times enroute to a first-round knockout win.[22]

Rodriguez was expected to face Bryan Barberena on November 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 183.[23] However, Barberena underwent an emergency laparotomy a week before the event, resulting in the fight being cancelled.[24]

Rodriguez instead faced Nicolas Dalby, replacing Orion Cosce, on November 21, 2020 at UFC 255.[25] He lost the close fight via unanimous decision.[26] 9 out of 20 media outlets scored the fight for Rodriguez.[27]

Rodriguez faced Mike Perry on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC 2.[28] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[29]

Rodriguez was scheduled to face Abubakar Nurmagomedov on July 17, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 26.[30] However, Nurmagomedov was forced to withdraw from the event, citing injury.[31] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Preston Parsons.[32] Rodriguez won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[33]

Rodriguez faced Kevin Lee on August 28, 2021, at UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze.[34] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

Rodriguez was scheduled to face Kevin Holland on September 10, 2022, at UFC 279 in a 180-pound catchweight bout.[36] However, the day of the weigh-ins, Khamzat Chimaev missed weight for his welterweight main event bout with Nate Diaz by seven-and-a-half pounds. As a result, the UFC was forced to change the card around. Rodriguez instead faced Li Jingliang, who was originally scheduled to face Tony Ferguson in the co-main event in a welterweight bout. Rodriguez's bout with Jingliang remained at a 180-pound catchweight.[37] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[38]

Rodriguez is scheduled to face Neil Magny on October 15, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 212.[39]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 17 wins 2 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 4 0
By decision 5 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–2 Li Jingliang Decision (split) UFC 279 September 10, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (180 lb) bout.
Win 16–2 Kevin Lee Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze August 28, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–2 Preston Parsons TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Makhachev vs. Moisés July 17, 2021 1 3:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–2 Mike Perry Decision (unanimous) UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland April 10, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–2 Nicolas Dalby Decision (unanimous) UFC 255 November 21, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–1 Dwight Grant KO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar August 22, 2020 1 2:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–1 Gabriel Green Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns May 30, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Tim Means Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2 February 15, 2020 2 3:37 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–1 Quinton McCottrell TKO (punches) SMASH Global 9: Black Tie Fight Night December 19, 2019 2 1:48 Hollywood, California, United States Won the SG Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–1 Rico Farrington Decision (unanimous) Dana White's Contender Series 22 July 30, 2019 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Welterweight.
Win 8–1 Ivan Castillo KO (knee) Combate 31: México vs. USA February 22, 2019 2 2:31 Fresno, California, United States Catchweight (165 lb) bout.
Win 7–1 Ozzie Alvarez TKO (punches) Combate 25: Camino a Copa Combate September 28, 2018 3 2:41 Long Beach, California, United States Catchweight (165 lb) bout.
Win 6–1 Alex Velasco Submission (rear-naked choke) Combate 23: México vs. El Mundo May 18, 2018 3 2:41 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Lightweight debut.
Win 5–1 Justin Baesman TKO (punches) CXF 11: Alpha Dog February 17, 2018 2 1:17 Studio City, California, United States
Loss 4–1 Victor Reyna Decision (split) Combate 19: Queen Warriors December 1, 2017 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Joel Champion TKO (punches) Combate 13 April 20, 2017 1 1:55 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 3–0 Christian Gonzalez TKO (punches) Bellator 170 January 21, 2017 2 3:55 Inglewood, California, United States Catchweight (182 lb) bout.
Win 2–0 Hector Saldaña Submission (arm-triangle choke) Combate 8 August 11, 2016 1 3:45 Los Angeles, California, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 1–0 Christopher Gates Submission (armbar) KOTC: Sanctioned June 14, 2015 1 4:54 San Jacinto, California, United States Middleweight debut.


Professional boxing recordEdit

2 fights 1 win 1 loss
By knockout 0 1
By decision 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
2 Loss 1–1   Lucius Johnson KO 1 (4), 2:50 19 Sep 2015   Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, US
1 Win 1–0   Jonathan Scoggins UD 4 8 Aug 2015   Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, US

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Shakiel Mahjouri (July 28, 2020). "Paintball, buggies and bars - Daniel Rodriguez felt like 'kid in a toy store' at BMF Ranch". bloodyelbow.com.
  3. ^ The Schmo (July 28, 2021). Daniel Rodriguez Unconventional Way to UFC – via YouTube.
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  6. ^ "UFC Rankings, Division Rankings, P4P rankings, UFC Champions | UFC.com". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2022-09-13.
  7. ^ a b Mike Heck (August 28, 2021). Daniel Rodriguez: MMA Helped Channel 'Aggression, Anger' After Tough Times - MMA Fighting – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Daniel Rodriguez ("D-Rod")". tapology.com. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
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