UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai- Dusko Todorovic vs Gregory Rodrigues: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/02/2021, 7:34 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 15: Dusko Todorovic of Serbia poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 15, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC middleweights Dusko Todorovic and Gregory Rodrigues have been tasked with a main card assignment for UFC Vegas 28. The bout is one of three middleweight match-ups on the main card and will be competing with the others for a spotlight. The upper echelon of the middleweight division is notoriously difficult to crack into, however, a statement win is a start.

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Todorovic and Rodrigues are both promising up and comers in the division who are coming off exciting performances. Their flash fire fighting style has afforded them a position on the main card to maximize their reach to an audience. Moreover, a slew of eye-opening performances can bring forth several opportunities, including late replacement main event slots.

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UFC Fight Night: Dusko Todorovic vs Gregory Rodrigues

Dusko Todorovic is coming off a TKO loss to Punahele ‘Storytime’ Soriano in his last fight back in January. The scrap was a high octane back and forth clash right until the point where Soriano landed a big left hand. The Serbian fighter showed his durability in the contest and will take away many positives from the loss.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Punahele Soriano punches Dusko Todorovic of Serbia in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Todorovic relies on putting together combinations in order to drown his opponent with sheer volume. This approach could pose a problem against a heavy hitter like ‘Robocop’ Rodrigues who looks to land the finishing blow. However, with evasive movement, Todorovic will favor his chances across the duration of three rounds.

Gregory Rodrigues is on a two-fight win streak in the LFA promotion and makes his debut under the UFC’s banner. He was stopped by Jordan Williams via TKO on an appearance of Dana White’s Contender Series in the first round. He’s racked up two impressive KO wins since then earning a spot on the main card against a 10-1 fighter.

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Rodrigues’ biggest weapon is his ability to mount an offense all over the opponent right from headhunting to leg kicks. With a tight guard, he’s able to advance forward and ensure that he’s pushing his opponent against the cage. With a sound ability to absorb strikes, Gregory Rodrigues will back himself to come out on top.

Prediction: Dusko Todorovic to claim a unanimous decision victory

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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