Newly crowned LFA Middleweight Champion Gregory Rodrigues will get the short-notice call-up to the UFC on June 5th, stepping in to face Dusko Todorovic on a “Fight Night” card. The matchup was first reported on Monday by Sergio Pineiro of FighterPath.
The fight joins a card that is expected to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rodrigues will be stepping in for Maki Pitolo, who reportedly departed the lineup earlier this week due to injury.
Rodrigues is will be returning to the cage merely days after he stopped Josh Fremd within a round to claim the vacant LFA Middleweight Championship. The fight was his second win in a four-man tournament that LFA organized this year.
The 29-year-old has come close to getting a UFC contract before, having lost to Jordan Williams in the 2020 season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
He will fight Todorovic, who will be returning to the cage after taking his first pro loss earlier this year. The 27-year-old was stopped in his last appearance, getting finished within a round by Punahele Soriano.
Prior to then, Todorovic won his UFC debut with a finish against Dequan Townsend.
Heavyweight fighters Jairzinho Rozenstruick and Augusto Sakai are currently set to fight in the main event of UFC’s June 5th “Fight Night” event. Here are the fights that have been reported for the card so far.
Bout 12: Jairzinho Rozenstruick (11-2) vs. Augusto Sakai (15-2-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 11: Walt Harris (13-9) vs. Marcin Tybura (21-6) (Heavyweight)
Bout 10: Youssef Zalal (10-4) vs. Sean Woodson (7-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 9: Tanner Boser (19-7) vs. Ilir Latifi (14-8) (Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Montana De La Rosa (11-6-1) vs. Ariane Lipski (13-6) (Flyweight)
Bout 7: Claudio Puelles (9-2) vs. Jordan Leavitt (8-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-4) vs. Miguel Baeza (10-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 5: Tom Breese (12-3) vs. Antonio Arroyo (9-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Maryna Moroz (10-3) vs. Manon Fiorot (6-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Roman Dolidze (8-1) vs. Laureano Staropoli (9-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 2: Alan Patrick (15-3) vs. Mason Jones (10-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Dusko Todorovic (10-1) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (9-3) (Middleweight)