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We have an intriguing fight in the Women’s Strawweight division, as promotional newcomer Piera “La Fiera” Rodriguez takes on Kay Hansen. Undefeated, Rodriguez will look to continue her dominance in MMA under the brightest lights. Having most recently competed on Dana White’s Contender series five months ago, the Venezuelan appears more than ready for this opportunity. Meanwhile, Hansen comes into this fight needing a victory. Having lost two straight, both of which came to promotional newcomers, Hansen’s shine is starting to wear off. Still only twenty-two, Hansen will have plenty of time to right the ship. But if she keeps losing, it won’t be in the UFC.
As for a prediction, I have Rodriguez winning. While at one point, Hansen looked to have turned a corner in her career, this recent stumble may suggest that she isn’t quite ready for the UFC. Often looking uncomfortable on the feet, Hansen looks to get the fight down to the ground. When in top control, her grappling at times has looked good. It’s clearly a strength, but one that isn’t capable of beating certain fighters at this level. That includes Rodriguez. A powerful and technical striker, who is also physically strong and has shown good grappling abilities herself. A tough matchup for Hansen if you ask me. So with that said, I predict that Rodriguez wins via decision.