Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues.
The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 7, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.
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NAME: Gregory Rodrigues
NICKNAME: Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues
WEIGHT CLASS: Middleweight
AGE: 28 years old – 2/17/92
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2, 185
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
FIGHTING OUT OF: Los Angeles, CA
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English and Portuguese
TRAINER: Black House MMA, Brazilian Samurai and Fabio Melo
STRENGTHS: Jiu-Jitsu black belt
TRAINING: I usually train three times a day. I run at 6am, come back home and get my
breakfast. Later I go to Black House around 10:30 and stay there until 1:00pm. I go back home,
get lunch and rest a little bit. At 6:00pm I do my strength and conditioning with coach Fabio.
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 7-2
Thoughts on opponent, Jordan Williams? He is southpaw and a wrestler, but I didn’t see anything special in him. He likes to strike but doesn’t have enough punching power.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training when I was five years old with my dad in capoeira. At eight years old I started training jiu-jitsu under Senseí Henrique Machado in Manaus, Brazil (He is same Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s jiu-jitsu coach). I’ve always competed a lot in jiu-jitsu and I won many important titles in jiu-jitsu. I was an eight-time national jiu-jitsu champion, jiu-jitsu world champion, professional world champion in Abu Dhabi and I got second place in Pan-American wrestling. Since then, I never stopped training. In 2014, I moved to Rio de Janeiro to start my professional MMA career.
What ranks and titles have you held? I earned about 200 medals in jiu-jitsu and wrestling competitions around the world. In MMA I already have two belts. I am JAGUAR COMBAT middleweight champion and I am SMASH GLOBAL middleweight champion.
Do you have any heroes? My dad always was my hero. He and my mom gave all the support for me to continue training. I come from a humble family in Brazil, but they give all for me to follow my dream.
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would make a child’s dream come true. My family and I always watched great fighters on TV, and I imagined being one of them. So now it is my turn, to show the world who I am.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I didn’t go to college. My life was training and competing.
What was your job before you started fighting? Since childhood I was an athlete. My job was to train and to compete.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in BJJ
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar
Favorite Striking technique: Knees
Twitter account name: @gregory_mma
Facebook account: Gregory Rodrigues
Instagram account: @gregoryrodriguesmma
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2014
- Three wins by KO, three by submission (2 armbar, heel hook)
- Four first round finishes
- On six fight winning streak
- Owns 2018 submission win over UFC vet Edilberto Crocota
- Origin of nickname: “I fight like a robot.”