Gregory Rodrigues expects UFC Vegas 41 fight with ‘limited’ Jun Yong Park to be a ‘walk in the park’

Gregory Rodrigues (right) defeated Dusko Todorovic on short notice in his UFC debut. | Zuffa LLCGregory Rodrigues just couldn’t avoid making the pun. Brazil’s “Robocop” returns to the octagon to face Jun Yong Park in the preliminary portion of UFC Vegas 41 this Saturday at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas and gave a brutally honest breakdown of his opponent’s skills in a pre-fight interview with MMA Fighting. “Park is a tough guy,” Rodrigues said. “He’s quite limited, but does well what he can do. He’s not that versatile. He’s a grappler that has won most of his fights by throwing jabs, doing a little bit of boxing, but he’s very strategic. I’ve watched some of his fights and he takes it to the ground when he’s in disadvantage on the feet. He doesn’t have much knockout power, but he’s a dangerous guy. I believe it’s going to match up well. “I’ve evolved a lot in the striking area in my recent fights and I have confident in my striking, but jiu-jitsu is my go-to. I’ll be prepared wherever the fight goes. Like Mike Tyson always says, the strategy changes when the first punch lands [laughs], but I’m ready and happy with this fight. It’s an important fight for me, it’s the perfect fight for this moment in my career. Park has some experience in the UFC, has four fights there and his debut was against a tough opponent, but I believe it’s going to be a walk in the park [laughs].” Park has won three in a row in the UFC since losing via submission to Anthony Hernandez in his promotional debut in Aug. 2019, having scored decisions over Marc-Andre Barriault, John Phillips, and Tafon Nchukwi. Rodrigues, on the other hand, makes his second walk to the octagon after defeating Dusko Todorovic on two weeks’ notice in June. Rodrigues, who won the LFA middleweight championship back in May, went 3-0 in less than a three-month span in 2021. Now “Robocop” celebrates finally being able to have a full camp for his middleweight clash with Park. “I always put in my head that I have to be training regardless of having a fight booked or not,” he said. “I’ve always had good performances on short notice, but I believe I was able to adjust many things with my coaches since my UFC debut, work on my stand-up, my strategy and my mental, especially now that I’ve managed to get where I wanted to be, which is the UFC. Every fight is a fight regardless of being in the UFC or not, but this is where the best in the world are so I have to reinvent myself at all times.” Rodrigues has scored finishes in all but two of his 10 MMA wins since his debut in 2014, five of which came inside the opening round, and feels “ready for everything” in Las Vegas. “I’m capable of submitting him or knocking him out,” he said. “I never think it’s going to be a quick fight, that I’m going to finish it. I always think I have 15 minutes to impose my game and anything that happens inside those three rounds is a bonus for me. I’m ready to impose my game and go for the finish, of course. I’m ready for everything.”

Gregory Rodrigues expects UFC Vegas 41 fight with ‘limited’ Jun Yong Park to be a ‘walk in the park’
Gregory Rodrigues (right) defeated Dusko Todorovic on short notice in his UFC debut. | Zuffa LLC

Gregory Rodrigues just couldn’t avoid making the pun.

Brazil’s “Robocop” returns to the octagon to face Jun Yong Park in the preliminary portion of UFC Vegas 41 this Saturday at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas and gave a brutally honest breakdown of his opponent’s skills in a pre-fight interview with MMA Fighting.

“Park is a tough guy,” Rodrigues said. “He’s quite limited, but does well what he can do. He’s not that versatile. He’s a grappler that has won most of his fights by throwing jabs, doing a little bit of boxing, but he’s very strategic. I’ve watched some of his fights and he takes it to the ground when he’s in disadvantage on the feet. He doesn’t have much knockout power, but he’s a dangerous guy. I believe it’s going to match up well.

“I’ve evolved a lot in the striking area in my recent fights and I have confident in my striking, but jiu-jitsu is my go-to. I’ll be prepared wherever the fight goes. Like Mike Tyson always says, the strategy changes when the first punch lands [laughs], but I’m ready and happy with this fight. It’s an important fight for me, it’s the perfect fight for this moment in my career. Park has some experience in the UFC, has four fights there and his debut was against a tough opponent, but I believe it’s going to be a walk in the park [laughs].”

Park has won three in a row in the UFC since losing via submission to Anthony Hernandez in his promotional debut in Aug. 2019, having scored decisions over Marc-Andre Barriault, John Phillips, and Tafon Nchukwi. Rodrigues, on the other hand, makes his second walk to the octagon after defeating Dusko Todorovic on two weeks’ notice in June.

Rodrigues, who won the LFA middleweight championship back in May, went 3-0 in less than a three-month span in 2021. Now “Robocop” celebrates finally being able to have a full camp for his middleweight clash with Park.

“I always put in my head that I have to be training regardless of having a fight booked or not,” he said. “I’ve always had good performances on short notice, but I believe I was able to adjust many things with my coaches since my UFC debut, work on my stand-up, my strategy and my mental, especially now that I’ve managed to get where I wanted to be, which is the UFC. Every fight is a fight regardless of being in the UFC or not, but this is where the best in the world are so I have to reinvent myself at all times.”

Rodrigues has scored finishes in all but two of his 10 MMA wins since his debut in 2014, five of which came inside the opening round, and feels “ready for everything” in Las Vegas.

“I’m capable of submitting him or knocking him out,” he said. “I never think it’s going to be a quick fight, that I’m going to finish it. I always think I have 15 minutes to impose my game and anything that happens inside those three rounds is a bonus for me. I’m ready to impose my game and go for the finish, of course. I’m ready for everything.”

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Conor McGregor EL | Esther Lin, MMA FightingConor McGregor, once again, went to some dark places with a slew of tweets on Friday. Tony Ferguson called McGregor out on Twitter earlier this week — although it now seems like things may be shifting towards a potential bout with Nate Diaz — and then shifted things towards accusing the former two-division champion of taking performance-enhancing drugs, along with digging at McGregor’s alleged recent troubles stemming from Italian DJ and musician Francesco Facchinetti accusing McGregor of punching him in the face. “Where You At Mcnuggets!?!” Time -2- Turtle Up MF’s Glad Moast Of You Got The Memo -CSO- Crew On -2- One. -Champ ‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/gem24Np71B— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) October 21, 2021 All I read was “look how big he has gotten” My man! These clowns are fucked when I get back. https://t.co/QjkNclrBru— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 22, 2021 Taking Growth Hormone Will Do That To Someone’s Build. You’re Mentally Weak & Your Leg Is Compromised. Your Fragile, Frail & Breakable. That GH Gon’ Make U Break Kid. Keep Pumpin’ Ya Chest Ya Cheat. Not The 1st Time God Punished You. You Like Picking On People And DJ’s? WTF Pussy pic.twitter.com/mtYmMRWU4r— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) October 22, 2021 McGregor responded to the former interim lightweight champion with a pair of since deleted tweets, the first of which targeted Ferguson’s wife filing for — which was dropped a month later — a temporary restraining order in March 2019. “[Oh my, God] bless you kid. Mental basket sad case. I am going to share your scared wife’s video that was sent to us of you screaming crying as you smash your house up. What a sad bastard [you] are. No brains. Empty head. Losing streak. No management. Wife sending us videos in fear,” McGregor stated in deleted tweet. The tirade continued with McGregor predicting that he would end Ferguson’s life if they were to compete inside the octagon, along with stating that the only thing he has left to do in his career would be to do the unthinkable in a fight. The tweet was deleted, but captured on the social media platform by another user. When the only fight you’ve won lately is against an Italian DJ. pic.twitter.com/enT3WRXQQZ— BOOzanne (@SoozieCuzie) October 22, 2021 McGregor did keep one tweet public in regards to Ferguson allegedly signed with a new management company in order to play professional baseball, amongst other accusations. Tony was douped into signing with another agency on the premise he would receive a pro Baseball contract hahahaha a pro fucking baseball contract now he’s in legal turmoil with this crowd ahahahah no shit Jose canseco what did you fucking think would happen empty head.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 22, 2021 Both McGregor and Ferguson or in the midst of the longest losing streaks of their respective careers. McGregor is recovering from a broken tibia suffered in his recent TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Following the deleted tweets, McGregor posted some more on Twitter, and stated that until his PPV numbers drop as the biggest star in the sport’s history, he doesn’t plan on changing any time soon. I don’t give a fuck I just want your money.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 22, 2021 Sauce. Money. Power.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 22, 2021 If the numbers dip I’ll change. Until then hahahahahaahajajah— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 22, 2021 Ferguson teased fight news would be coming soon, which is interesting since Diaz, who has split two fights with McGregor in 2016, seemed to target Ferguson for a future matchup.

Conor McGregor makes dark prediction for potential Tony Ferguson fight in deleted tweet: ‘I’m gonna end your life’
Conor McGregor EL | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Conor McGregor, once again, went to some dark places with a slew of tweets on Friday.

Tony Ferguson called McGregor out on Twitter earlier this week — although it now seems like things may be shifting towards a potential bout with Nate Diaz — and then shifted things towards accusing the former two-division champion of taking performance-enhancing drugs, along with digging at McGregor’s alleged recent troubles stemming from Italian DJ and musician Francesco Facchinetti accusing McGregor of punching him in the face.

McGregor responded to the former interim lightweight champion with a pair of since deleted tweets, the first of which targeted Ferguson’s wife filing for — which was dropped a month later — a temporary restraining order in March 2019.

“[Oh my, God] bless you kid. Mental basket sad case. I am going to share your scared wife’s video that was sent to us of you screaming crying as you smash your house up. What a sad bastard [you] are. No brains. Empty head. Losing streak. No management. Wife sending us videos in fear,” McGregor stated in deleted tweet.

The tirade continued with McGregor predicting that he would end Ferguson’s life if they were to compete inside the octagon, along with stating that the only thing he has left to do in his career would be to do the unthinkable in a fight. The tweet was deleted, but captured on the social media platform by another user.

McGregor did keep one tweet public in regards to Ferguson allegedly signed with a new management company in order to play professional baseball, amongst other accusations.

Both McGregor and Ferguson or in the midst of the longest losing streaks of their respective careers. McGregor is recovering from a broken tibia suffered in his recent TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

Following the deleted tweets, McGregor posted some more on Twitter, and stated that until his PPV numbers drop as the biggest star in the sport’s history, he doesn’t plan on changing any time soon.

Ferguson teased fight news would be coming soon, which is interesting since Diaz, who has split two fights with McGregor in 2016, seemed to target Ferguson for a future matchup.

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