Exclusive – Marcos Rogerio de Lima Promises Career-Best Performance At UFC Vegas 42

Brazilian heavyweight contender, Marcos Rogerio de Lima makes his Octagon return this weekend as part of the UFC Vegas 42 main card at the UFC Apex facility — co-headlining against fellow division veteran, Ben Rothwell. And in pursuit of his second straight victory — de Lima believes a career-best performance awaits him.

de Lima, 36, makes his twelfth Octagon walk this weekend as he tackles Rothwell, hoping to improve on his 18-7-1 professional record following a prior unanimous decision victory over Maurice Greene at UFC Vegas 25 in May.

The renowned knockout artist, who has scored 13 knockout victories across the course of his 26-fight career — de Lima has also competed under the banners of both Strikeforce and Shooto in his native, Brazil — as well as competing on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil back in 2014.

Eventually knocked out of the tournament at the semi final stage against recent PFL tournament victor, Antonio Carlos Junior — de Lima would go on to score a twenty second KO in his UFC debut, against Richardson Moreira.

Ahead of his showdown with the veteran, Rothwell this weekend in ‘Sin City’ — de Lima spoke with Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall — where he promised a career-best performance as he attempts to embark on a two-fight winning run for the first time since 2014.

I’m happy to be in the UFC and show my work,” de Lima said. “I’m a guy who dedicates myself a lot and I’m sure I’ll achieve good results in the organization. My last fight was pretty safe but my best performance will be my next fight.

I love training and fighting motivates me a lot,” de Lima continued. “I see myself in my best version and I still have a lot of room to evolve. My opponent [Ben Rothwell] is a very tough veteran. I’m sure we’ll have an excellent fight. I’m very motivated and I can’t wait to blow the horn to start.

Across the course of his UFC tenure, de Lima has defeated the likes of Igor Pokrajac, Jeremy Kimball, Ben Sosoli, and the aforenoted, Greene.

As for Wisconsin native, Rothwell he managed to stop recent UFC 268 feature, Chris Barnett with a second round guillotine choke back in May at UFC Vegas 27 in his most recent professional win.

UFC Vegas 42 takes place on November 13. from the UFC Apex facility — with a high-stakes, potential featherweight title-eliminator between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez slated to take headlining honors.


Ross Markey

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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