Gregory Rodrigues

Gregory Felipe Santos Rodrigues[1] (born February 17, 1992) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is an eight-time National BJJ Champion and he was the Smash Global MMA Middleweight Champion and former Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) Middleweight Champion.

Gregory Rodrigues
BornGregory Felipe Santos Rodrigues[1]
(1992-02-17) February 17, 1992 (age 30)
Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
Other namesRobocop
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight
Reach75.0 in (191 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofDeerfield Beach, Florida
TeamBlack House MMA
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins12
By knockout6
By submission4
By decision2
Losses4
By knockout2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Born in Porto Velho, Gregory came to Manaus when he was still four months old. He was introduced to martial arts since he was five years old, starting out with capoeira, before migrating to jiu-jitsu at 8 years old and eventually becoming a black belt under Senseí Henrique Machado, who was also Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s jiu-jitsu coach. He became an eight-time national jiu-jitsu champion, jiu-jitsu world champion, and professional world champion in Abu Dhabi. He also trained in olympic wrestling with professor Waldeci, joining the Brazilian wrestling cadet team and becoming the runner-up at Pan American wrestling championships in Nicaragua. In 2014, he moved to Rio de Janeiro to start his professional MMA career.[3][4][5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Starting hs professional career in 2014, Rodrigues went 7–2 fighting mostly on the Brazilian regional scene, picking up wins in promotions such as ACB, where he picked up a first-round TKO victory at ACB 73, or LFA, picking up a unanimous decision win at LFA 71.[6]

He was invited to compete against Jordan Williams at Dana White's Contender Series 33 on September 15, 2020. He lost the fight via first-round knockout.[7]

He would make his return to LFA, entering the four-man tournament for the LFA Middleweight Championship. In the first round, Rodrigues faced Al Matavao at LFA 102, where he knocked Matavao out in the second round.[8] In the finals at LFA 108, Rodrigues stopped Josh Fremd within a round to claim the vacant LFA Middleweight Championship. Within days off the victory, Rodrigues was asked to compete in the UFC on short notice.[9][10]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Rodrigues, as a replacement for Maki Pitolo, faced Duško Todorović on June 5, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai.[11] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[12]

Rodrigues faced Jun Yong Park on October 23, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori.[13] He won the fight via knockout in round two.[14] This fight earned him Fight of the Night award.[15]

Rodrigues faced Armen Petrosyan on February 26, 2022, at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green.[16] He lost the fight via controversial split decision.[17] 10 out of 14 media outlets scored the fight for Rodrigues.[18]

Rodrigues faced Julian Marquez, replacing Wellington Turman, on June 18, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 37.[19] He won the bout in the first round via knockout.[20] This win earned him his first Performance of the Night award.[21]

Rodrigues is scheduled to face Chidi Njokuani on September 17, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 210.[22]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 12 wins 4 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 4 0
By decision 2 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–4 Julian Marquez KO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs. Emmett June 18, 2022 1 3:18 Austin, Texas, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 11–4 Armen Petrosyan Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green February 26, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 Jun Yong Park KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori October 23, 2021 2 3:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 10–3 Duško Todorović Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai June 5, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–3 Josh Fremd KO (punches) LFA 108 May 21, 2021 1 2:20 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States Won the vacant LFA Middleweight Championship.
Win 8–3 Al Matavao KO (punch) LFA 102 March 19, 2021 2 1:02 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States Catchweight (187.4 lb) bout; Rodrigues missed weight.
Loss 7–3 Jordan Williams KO (punches) Dana White's Contender Series 33 September 15, 2020 1 2:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–2 Brandon Hester KO (body kick) SMASH Global 9 December 19, 2019 1 3:03 Hollywood, California, United States Won the SG Middleweight Championship.
Win 6–2 Tanner Saraceno Decision (unanimous) LFA 71 July 12, 2019 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 5–2 Edilberto de Oliveira Submission (armbar) Jaguar Combat 1 March 16, 2018 1 4:59 Manaus, Brazil
Win 4–2 Umar Gaisumov TKO (punches) ACB 73: Silva vs. Makoev October 21, 2017 1 2:43 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–2 Robert Reed Submission Island Fights 39 November 18, 2016 2 1:12 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 2–2 Marco Aurélio Submission (heel hook) Face to Face 13 March 12, 2016 2 0:54 São Gonçalo, Brazil
Loss 1–2 Renato Rangel Decision (split) Face to Face 11 April 24, 2015 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 1–1 Douglas Carvalho Submission (armbar) Face to Face 9 December 19, 2014 1 2:09 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 0–1 Bruno Lopes TKO (punches) Jungle Fight 73 September 6, 2014 1 1:05 São Paulo, Brazil

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Stats | UFC". ufcstats.com.
  3. ^ a b "Gregory Rodrigues | UFC". UFC.com. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Siqueira, Emanuel Mendes. "Gregory Rodrigues é novo representante do Amazonas no UFC: 'Estou pronto' | Emanuel Sports" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  5. ^ "Lutador do AM enfrenta ex-Bellator em busca de chance por cinturão no LFA | Esportes". A Crítica. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  6. ^ FightBookMMA (2019-07-14). "Official results and video highlights for LFA 71: Jackson vs. Souza | FightBook MMA". Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  7. ^ Alexander K. Lee (August 22, 2018). "Contender Series fighters Anthony Hernandez, Jordan Williams sanctioned for failing drug tests". mmafighting.com.
  8. ^ "LFA 102 results: Souza outworks Johns, Gregory Rodrigues reaches tourney final". MMA Junkie. 2021-03-20. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  9. ^ a b "LFA 108 video: Gregory Rodrigues hits first-round walk-off KO to win middleweight title". MMA Junkie. 2021-05-22. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  10. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (2021-06-03). "A 24-hour reign: How Gregory Rodrigues landed deal for short-notice UFC debut one day after winning LFA belt". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  11. ^ Farah Hannoun (May 25, 2021). "With Maki Pitolo out, LFA champ Gregory Rodrigues steps in to face Dusko Todorovic at UFC Fight Night 189". MMAjunkie.com.
  12. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2021-06-05). "UFC Vegas 28 Results: Gregory Rodrigues Wins Octagon Debut Against Dusko Todorovic". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  13. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-08-10). "Jun Yong Park treft Gregory Rodrigues tijdens UFC evenement op 23 oktober". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  14. ^ Anderson, Jay (2021-10-23). "UFC Vegas 41 Results: Gregory Rodrigues Stops Jun Yong Park in Second". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-10-23.
  15. ^ a b Stafflanguage=en-US (2021-10-24). "UFC Fight Night 196 bonuses: Marvin Vettori gets extra $50,000 – but none for Paulo Costa". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2021-10-24.
  16. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-12-11). "Gregory Rodrigues treft Armen Petrosyan tijdens UFC evenement op 26 februari". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  17. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2022-02-26). "UFC Vegas 49: Armen Petrosyan Ekes Out Split Decision Over Gregory Rodrigues". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-02-27.
  18. ^ "Armen Petrosyan def. Gregory Rodrigues :: UFC on ESPN+ 60 :: MMA Decisions". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2022-03-01.
  19. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2022-04-15). "With Wellington Turman out, Julian Marquez now meets Gregory Rodrigues at June 18 UFC card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  20. ^ Anderson, Jay (18 June 2022). "UFC Austin: Gregory Rodrigues Stops Julian Marquez in Slugfest". Cageside Press. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  21. ^ a b MMA Fighting Newswire (2022-06-18). "UFC Austin post-fight bonuses: All finishers earn $50k payouts". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  22. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (2022-06-25). "Gregory Rodrigues vs. Chidi Njokuani set for Sept. 17 UFC event". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2022-06-27.
  23. ^ Andrew (2019-12-20). "Smash Global - 19 December 2019 - Quick Results". SoCalUNCENSORED.com. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  24. ^ Sherdog.com. "Gregory Rodrigues". Sherdog.

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