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We ourselves an exciting fight to open the main card, as Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues takes on debutant Armen “Superman” Petrosyan. A winner of four straight, two of which have come inside the octagon, Rodrigues heads into his third UFC appearance with momentum. A known finisher, Rodrigues has won nine of his eleven fights via stoppage. Meanwhile, Petrosyan comes into his UFC debut, a winner of two straight fights via knockout. The most recent fight came on Dana White’s Contender Series. Like his previous five wins, Petrosyan won by knockout. Thus earning a contract and shot in the UFC.
As for a prediction, I have Rodrigues winning. While Petrosyan is an excellent kickboxer and has transitioned into mixed martial arts fairly smoothly, he lacks the necessary takedown defense to succeed at this level. Especially in a fight against Rodrigues. An eight-time national BJJ champion, who may come off as a striker, but is deadly on the ground. With five takedowns in his last two fights, I’m fairly confident that Rodrigues will be able to get this fight to mat fairly easily. From there, he should lock in a fight ending submission.