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After successfully hitting the strawweight limit at Friday morning’s official weigh-ins, Dern (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Rodriguez (15-1-2 MMA, 4-1-2 UFC) had a staredown for the cameras and sized each other up one last time before stepping in the octagon.
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The fight will mark Dern’s first UFC headlining opportunity, while Rodriguez gets her second main event spot. Both women kept it professional and showed respect for one another.
Watch the video of the faceoff above.
UFC Fight Night 194 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex. The card streams entirely on ESPN+.