Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series 32 fighter Drako Rodriguez

Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series 32 fighter Drako Rodriguez.

The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 6, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.

The sixth episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US. ESPN+ is available through ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com, or the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One, and more. Fans can sign up for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, with no contract required.

NAME: Drako Rodriguez
NICKNAME: None
WEIGHT CLASS: Bantamweight
AGE: 24 years old – 6/16/96
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-8, 135
REACH: 69”
LEG REACH: –
STANCE: Orthodox
BIRTHPLACE: Rochester, MN
FIGHTING OUT OF: Sioux City, IA
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, Spanish
STYLE: Street fighter
TRAINER: Brett Welling / Red’s Boxing
STRENGTHS: Striking, footwork
TRAINING: Wake up at 7:30am to do about 1 hour of cardio. 10am work on my striking and
techniques. Then I go home and rest and go back to Red’s Boxing at 5:30 and do groundwork
after. I usually finish around 9:30 or 10 every night.
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 6-1

Q&A

Thoughts on opponent, Mana Martinez? He has a similar style to me.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I first started training in 2014 when I was 17 years old because it was always a dream of mine to fight ever since I’ve seen Anderson Silva fight.

What ranks and titles have you held? I was ranked #1 in the U.S. for amateurs in my weight class. I’ve held belts for King of the Cage and Victory Fighting.

Do you have any heroes? Jesus Christ and Santa

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Everything. As a kid, I was always picturing it and planning what song I would walk out to and hoping nothing embarrassing happens.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? No

What was your job before you started fighting? Little Caesars and Country Club maintenance

If any list specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Went 13-0 in MMA and 9-3 in boxing. Competed in the Golden Gloves and Ringside tournaments.

If any, list specific accomplishments in pro competition? 2-0 with 2 KOs in pro boxing.

Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke

Favorite Striking technique: Jab and the left hook

Twitter account name: @DrakoRodriguez2

Facebook account: Drako Rodriguez

Instagram account: DrakoRodriguez

OTHER KEY POINTS:

  • Pro since 2017
  • Two wins by KO, three by submission (2 guillotine, armbar)
  • Four first round finishes
  • On two fight winning streak

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