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Exclusive | Gregory Rodrigues Not Out To Rush Stoppage Win Over Jun Yong Park At UFC Vegas 41

Former LFA middleweight champion, Gregory ‘Robocop’ Rodrigues is slated for his second Octagon walk this weekend at UFC Vegas 40. However, off the back of an impressive unanimous decision victory over the touted, Dusko Todorovic back in June, the Brazilian is not rushed in a bid to score a first Octagon finish this weekend, as he tackles Jun Yong Park.

10-3 as a professional, Rodrigues, an alum of Dana White’s Contender Series back in September of last year, dropped a first round knockout loss to Jordan Williams, before embarking on a two-fight winning streak under the LFA banner — which culminated in a vacant middleweight title-clinching performance against Josh Fremd.

The 29-year-old features in the featured preliminary slot of UFC Vegas 41 this weekend at the UFC Apex facility — beneath a high-stakes middleweight matchup between one-time title challengers, Marvin Vettori, and Paulo Costa.

Faced with Seoul native, Park this weekend, Rodrigues is tasked with handing the South Korean his first defeat following a three-fight winning run, which includes a trio of unanimous judging wins over Marc-Andre Barriault, John Philips, and Tafon Nchukwi.

Speaking with Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall ahead of his second Octagon walk against Park, Amazonas native, Rodrigues insisted he felt little to no nerves ahead of his debut walk against Todorovic in September of last annum.

Being honest, my first fight in the UFC, I was so relaxed for,” Rodrigues said. “I was impressed with that. I fought in DWCS before that and I already had seen all the glamour and pressure of a big event. And I know this (against Park) is gonna be better than the last one.

Sharing the card with the aforenoted duo of Vettori and Costa, Rodrigues expects an exciting showdown between them, having once trained with Vettori, and sharing birthplace with Costa.

Fighting on this event will be so nice,” Rodrigues said. “Seeing two great fighters from my division will be amazing. I trained with [Marvin] Vettori in California (at Kings MMA), he is a nice guy and I respect him. And, ‘Borrachinca’ [Paulo Costa] is Brazilian, like me. I’m sure that’s gonna be a great show.

Revered as a finisher no matter where the bout ends up, Rodrigues has lodged four knockout wins to go with a further four submission victories. However, despite his high rate of finishes, he is not putting pressure on himself to put Park out of there before the final klaxon.

I like this matchup,” Rodrigues said. “He [Park] is a tough guy but I know who I am and I know how much I grow up and learn in these last years. I’m always ready to fight (for) 15 minutes. Everything that happened before, it’s a bonus. I don’t like to rush, knockout or submission is a consequence. I have 15 minutes for it.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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  1. […] Winning his UFC debut in dominant fashion, we caught up with Rodrigues in an exclusive interview on CurrentMMA.com. […]

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