Result: Kleydson Rodrigues def. Santo Curatolo by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Summary: Despite including to an evening that was largely full of selections, [auotag]Kleydson Rodrigues[/autotag] earns an A for what was most likely probably the most spectacular efficiency of the night.
Decisions might not rating extremely within the UFC president’s e-book (as White admitted to Laura Sanko throughout the broadcast that he “didn’t really care” with regard to fighters getting extra mat time), however that form of factor means lots to analysts like myself.
More importantly, the extra mat time a fighter can get, the higher off each they and the promotion are in the case of the large image of talent projections and profession trajectories. So, with that in thoughts, we received to see a good quantity from younger fighters who lacked each amount and high quality of their resumes like Rodrigues.
I do know Santo Curatolo regarded small and struggled to get something going throughout the contest, however Rodrigues regarded a lot bigger than his listed top as I can’t assist however think about how he mixes in with the present crop of UFC flyweights. Rodrigues is clearly a tough hitter and explosive prospect for the load class, however I used to be extra impressed with the 25-year-old’s skill to do refined issues like jabbing to the physique, kick feinting, or corralling his opposition towards the cage.
Curatolo was capable of tag Rodrigues with a tough left hook within the second spherical and later comply with up with a takedown, however the former Jungle Fights champion was capable of explode again as much as his ft in a approach that smacked of Deiveson Figueiredo. I hope that Rodrigues isn’t rushed after this signing, as I wouldn’t thoughts seeing him matched up with somebody like Zarrukh Adashev or Malcolm Gordon.