Daniel Rodriguez gets back into the Octagon with an appearance at UFC Vegas 64.
The co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Vegas 64 card features an exciting welterweight matchup between longtime UFC veteran Neil Magny, and the fast-rising Daniel Rodriguez.
With a win on Saturday, Rodriguez is positioning himself for bigger fights, and even potential main-event fights in the future.
“I really want to fight Kevin Holland. I’m looking forward to fighting him sometime in the future. I’m down to fight him next…you know, the winner of him vs Wonderboy…I’m waiting for him,” said Rodriguez.
The pair were originally slated to fight at at UFC 279, but a last-minute shake-up to the card due to the headliner missing weight instead put Rodriguez up against Li Jingliang in a 180-pound catchweight fight.
That’s a fight that Rodriguez still wants.
“I feel like he’s a dude I have to fight. He’s like a chapter in my career that I just have to know what the f*** is going to happen, or what would’ve happened.”
Whether that means he will once again get booked against Holland, or if it means he’ll be booked against a different face in the welterweight division, Rodriguez will be ready to go no matter the opponent or circumstance.
“I’m just going to stay training. It’s go time for me. I’m in my prime and I keep taking short-notice fights. I want to be known in the UFC as that guy, and they can rely on me to be ready,” said Rodriguez.
“We’re fighters. I’m gonna fight all of these dudes.”
Daniel Rodriguez had a staph infection just weeks ago
He was scheduled to fight Magny in October, however, the UFC moved the bout due to Rodriguez suffering from a staph infection that left him unable to compete on the original date.
“About a couple of weeks ago, I had a staph infection in my elbow. I had a little cut on my elbow from the last fight. I jumped right back into camp, and facing Neil Magny, I jumped back on the wrestling mats and got a little infection on my elbow,” explained Rodriguez during his media day interview on Wednesday. “It was actually really bad. I never had an infection like that or anything like that.”
Despite the minor setback, Rodriguez insists that the recent infection and subsequent date change haven’t impacted his preparation for the fight.
“It gave me a little break actually,” Rodriguez said. “I’d just jumped right back into camp, and I was in the process of moving back to California, and then that happened. I went to go see the people I needed to see to decide whether or not I’d be able to fight, and they were like ‘Nah, man”.
“I kept grinding, started running a lot, tried to stay away from anybody, and just worked on my cardio.”
UFC Vegas 64 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.