LAS VEGAS – Despite getting a little banged up in her win, Piera Rodriguez is hoping for a quick turnaround.

Rodriguez (7-0) earned a UFC deal when she defeated Valesca Machado by unanimous decision in a hard-fought battle at Dana White’s Contender Series 44 on Tuesday.

The win didn’t come without a bit of damage, though, as Rodriguez was left with a cut on her eye and a battered shin. Despite that, the 28-year-old Venezuelan wants to make her UFC debut as soon as possible.

“I just want to recover my body a little bit, and I’ll be right away at the job,” Rodriguez said during the DWCS 44 post-fight news conference. “I’m a hard worker, and I’m gonna be at the gym no matter what. No matter what I can and can’t do, I’m gonna be in the gym putting some work in and if my leg hurts, it doesn’t matter. I have two arms and one more leg. We always can keep working and keep improving, so that’s my next goal. I’m gonna recover, and I’m gonna get in the octagon as soon as I can.”

To see the full interview with Rodriguez, check out the video above.


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