Amanda Lemos stuns, TKOs Marina Rodriguez

LAS VEGAS – Amanda Lemos made a statement during his second UFC main event.

Standing facing Marina Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 214, Lemos (13-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) knew the strawweight marquee bout had big implications for a potential title in the near future. Rodriguez (16-2-2 MMA, 6-2-2 UFC) entered as the winner of her last four fights, but Lemos ended her streak with an impressive third-round standing TKO finish.

Neither fighter rushed into action in the first round. Lemos controlled the center of the cage while Rodriguez looked for openings on the outside. After trading single kicks for most of the round, Rodriguez called off a takedown in the closing seconds of a tight round.

Strikes flew more frequently early in the second, with Lemos landing a nice right hand against. Moments later, Lemos performed a takedown trip, immediately getting Rodriguez’s back. The threat of a choke submission from the back was there momentarily, but wasn’t able to fully lock her out. Lemos controlled from the top to close out the round.

In the third, Lemos dropped his hands early and knocked Rodriguez out with a punch. Noticing that his opponent was not reacting naturally, Lemos closed the distance and emptied the tank with punches until referee Jason Herzog took it away. Rodriguez never fell to the ground, but her body language as she took cover against the fence indicated she was out of her mind.

The official stoppage time was 54 seconds.

Entering at n° 9 of the USA TODAY Sports / MMA Junkie Strawweight RankingsLemos picked up the biggest win of his career so far and has his sights set on a shot at winning UFC gold.

“Hey Dana, I’m already here, back me up for the title fight in New York,” Lemos said in his post-fight interview.

The strawweight title is set to be defended next week at UFC 281, where Carla Esparza will look to deny former champion Zhang Weili.

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