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We have an action packed fight in the Flyweight division, as newcomer Kleydson “KR” Rodrigues takes on C.J. Vergara. Earning a contract after winning his sixth straight fight on Dana White’s Contender Series, Rodrigues gets his shot to fight under the brightest lights. Having fought opponents in the last five fights with a combined record of 23-8, Rodrigues seems to be ready for this step-up in competition. Meanwhile, Vergara will look to shake off an unsuccessful UFC debut back in November of 2021. Prior to the defeat, Vergara had rattled off five straight wins – all coming via knockout.
As for a prediction, I have Rodrigues winning. From the tape I’ve seen on Rodrigues, he looks to be the complete package. A composed, yet dynamic striker, Rodrigues will fire off an arsenal that including spinning back kicks, flying knees and a heavy dose of leg kicks. While Rodrigues’ takedown defense needs work, his grappling abilities allow him to reverse position or get back on to the feet quickly. Also, his cardio looks to be excellent, as he maintains a hard pace for fifteen minutes. Something in which he will need against Vergara, who proved in his debut that he has excellent cardio and can turn it on in round three. With excellent movement and striking, Vergara looks to swarm opponents with a blend of volume and power. A formula that has produced six of his nine victories coming via knockout. However, I’m pretty high on Rodrigues and I believe the UFC found a diamond in the rough here. In the end, I expect this fight to be an absolute battle, but one that Rodrigues wins via submission.