Just when it seemed like Gregory Rodrigues was in serious trouble, the man known as “RoboCop” pulled off a wild second-round stoppage win.
Rodrigues faced knockout artist Chidi Njokuani in the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Vegas 60. Njokuani began by pounding Rodrigues in the center with a straight knee. This opened up a severe cut that left Rodrigues covered in crimson throughout the entire round. Njokuani suffered a similar injury in round one. Both fighters managed to make it through round two.
From there, Rodrigues got the fight to the mat and opened up with vicious ground-and-pound before referee Mark Smith had seen enough at 1:27 of the second stanza.
With the victory, Rodrigues improved to 4-1 in the UFC and earned his second consecutive finish.
Of course, a performance like that gets the attention of Rodrigues’ fellow fighters. After the chaos of the co-main event at middleweight, here’s their reaction.
How TF did he come back with his face falling off?? Insane toughness, cardio, and heart right there! #UFCVegas60
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) September 18, 2022
Rodrigues went from Obama to Anthony Davis with that cut. #UFCVegas60
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) September 18, 2022
Went from Robocop to Terminator. Jeez. @gregory_mma
— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) September 18, 2022
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) September 18, 2022
I have always loved Rodrigues! You are a wild beast! #UFCFightNight
— Dustin Jacoby (@thehanyakdj) September 18, 2022
— Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA) September 18, 2022