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Light Heavyweight Division

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Mike Rodriguez

Light Heavyweight Division

11-7-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


Wins by Decision

Mike Rodriguez

athlete record


Learn more about Mike Rodriguez's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Dorchester, United States
Fighting style
Muay Thai
Octagon Debut
Aug. 08, 2017
Leg reach

Fighter Facts

  • Nine wins by KO, two by submission (Triangle, RNC)
  • Nine first round finishes
  • Has won six of his last 12 (6-5, 1 NC)
  • Origin of nickname: “It takes a while to catch on to things.”


UFC History

UFC Fight Night (9/18/21) Rodriguez lost a three round unanimous decision to Tafon Nchukwi
UFC Fight Night (2/6/21) Rodriguez was submitted by Danilo Marques via rear naked choke at 4:52 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (9/12/20) Rodriguez was submitted by Ed Herman via kimura at 4:01 of the third round
UFC on ESPN (8/22/20) Rodriguez knocked out Marcin Prachnio at 2:17 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (12/21/19) Rodriguez was knocked out by Da-un Jung at 1:04 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (7/13/19) Rodriguez’ decision loss to John Allan was overturned to a no contest when Allan failed his post-fight drug test
UFC on FOX (12/15/18) Rodriguez stopped Adam Milstead via strikes at 2:59 of the first round
UFC 223 (4/7/18) Rodriguez lost a three round unanimous decision to Devin Clark

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 1

Week 5 (8/8/17) Rodriguez knocked out Jamelle Jones at 2:15 of the first round



When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training my junior year of high school after knocking out a kid in the school cafeteria. While I was suspended, a teacher introduced MMA to me. I started training because my teacher encouraged me to train and fight. I just happened to fall in love with it as well.
What ranks and titles have you held? Blue belt in jiu-jitsu
Do you have any heroes? Steve Maze, Joe Lauzon, Kenny Quon, Joe Pompfret, Frank Camisa, Chris Palmquist 
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC would be a dream come true. All the hard work paid off. 
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I’m currently in school now to get my bachelor’s in Liberal Arts
What was your job before you started fighting? I used to bartend and I was a security guard.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I won the Cage Titans amateur Middleweight Title and three Knockout of the Night awards
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Fastest knockout in CES history and I’m known as “the busiest man in CES” because I fought 15 months straight.
Favorite grappling technique: D’Arce
Favorite Striking technique: Jab