The road to securing a UFC contract via the route of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is anything but an easy walk in the park. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a finisher of freezing promotions ready to deliver some Wisconsin ice and chill the UFC into hushed silence. A professional mixed martial artist since May 2019 and representing Roufusport, Christian Rodriguez owns an 8-1 record through nine professional contests comprised of four submissions, three knockouts, and one decision. Rodriguez fought for several promotions including Legacy Fighting Alliance prior to debuting with the UFC at UFC On ESPN Plus 59 in February 2022. He has finished seven out of his eight victories during his time in the professional ranks. Rodriguez is 1-1 with the UFC with one finish for the promotion, with a time of four minutes and seven seconds. The bulk of Rodriguez’s wins over the course of his career as a pro-MMA fighter have come inside the distance. Rodriguez appeared during week seven as part of the fifth season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2021.
In his MMA debut at Bellator 221, he submitted Jose Leon via armbar in the first round. Rodriguez also defeated Zachary-Buros Nash via TKO in round one at Driller Promotions Mecca 16. He defeated Jason Huntley via TKO in the first round in his promotional debut with Legacy Fighting Alliance at LFA 82. Then at LFA 93, Rodriguez tapped out John Pham in the second round via rear-naked choke. He defeated Charalampos Grigoriou via TKO in round three at CFFC 92. Rodriguez defeated Reyes Cortez jr in the main event of week seven of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series season five via unanimous decision. He tapped out Ryan Mcintosh in round one at NAFC Super Brawl.
In his second appearance with the UFC at UFC On ESPN Plus 71, Rodriguez submitted Joshua Weems via anaconda choke in the first round. The victory earned Rodriguez the fourth submission win of his professional career along with his first win under the UFC banner in the process. At 24 years old with seven finishes in eight wins, opponents should tread carefully or risk being frozen in place!