Marcos Rogerio de Lima
32-Year-Old UFC Light Heavyweight 15-5-1
August 13, 2017 Marcos Rogerio de Lima News
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Rogerio de Lima was flagged by the USADA for a potential doping violation and has been pulled from his light heavyweight bout against Saparbek Safarov at UFC Fight Night 115 on September 2 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Rogerio de Lima was scheduled for his third UFC fight this year but was pulled from the event on Friday after being flagged with a potential doping violation by the USADA. While the banned substance that was found hasn't been released, the possible violation came from an out-of-competition sample that was taken on August 1. "Pezao" will be suspended until the investigation into the violation is concluded. The UFC is looking for a replacement to face Safarov but none is known as of Sunday.
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Fantasy AnalysisRogerio de Lima maintains a 15-5-1 record (4-4 UFC) with 11 KO/TKOs in his professional career. While his UFC record has been up and down, "Pezao" has seen action twice already this year including a win over Jeremy Kimball (TKO-punches) and a loss to Ovince Saint Preux (submission-shoulder choke). His stand-up statistics show he dishes out a lot of significant strikes (4.3) while taking a lot of heat (4.07).
Fantasy AnalysisRogerio de Lima used his kicking game to easily win Round 1, but went to the well once too often, as Saint Preux converted a kick into a takedown at the start of Round 2. OSP bludgeoned Rogerio de Lima with ground-and-pound before sinking in the choke. While there is no question that the choke was tight, the Brazilian didn't do much to defend, hanging onto the head in half guard while the submission was being set up. Rogerio de Lima missed weight for the second straight time heading into this fight, which may raise concerns about his conditioning going forward. He falls to 15-5-1 in professional MMA, having lost three of his last five fights.
Fantasy AnalysisRogerio de Lima has some talent, but he has been wildly inconsistent throughout his career. His power was on full display Saturday. A huge body kick and a right hook led to the combination that finished Kimball's evening. It was a strong effort, even if it was against an overmatched opponent. The Brazilian is now 4-2 in his first six UFC fights, but it's been a struggle for Rogerio de Lima when he is tasked with facing better competition. That wasn't the case here.
Fantasy AnalysisRogerio de Lima was supposed to face Gian Villante at UFC 205 last weekend, and while that didn't happen, he only had to wait seven days to add another 'L' to his record. Rogerio de Lima blasted Antigulov was a nice combination right off the opening bell, but he was quickly planted on his back and he was never able to recover. He has now alternated wins and losses over his last four fights. It's tough to make a living that way - even in the UFC's poor light heavyweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisRather than fight at UFC 205 like originally scheduled, Rogerio de Lima will fight a Russian in front of his home crowd in Brazil. Antigulov has yet to fight in the UFC, but 13 of his 22 professional fights have been finished via submission, so grappling will need to be a focal point of Rogerio de Lima's upcoming fight camp.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 31-year-old Brazillian had been looking to improve to 4-1 in the UFC with a victory, but those plans will be put on hold until further notice. He'll presumably be available for a fight if the promotion is able to secure a new opponent.
Fantasy AnalysisRogerio de Lima has won three of his four fights since entering the UFC -- all of which were first-round stoppages. He'll draw the No. 15 light heavyweight on the big stage, and with a division that is relatively shallow, could break into the rankings with a victory.
Fantasy AnalysisTotal domination. Rogerio de Lima racked up over four and a half minutes of unanswered offense and the finish came when he clamped on a quick arm triangle. It was just the second career win by submission for the talented Brazilian. Now 3-1 in the UFC with his one loss being a controversial one to Nikita Krylov, Rogerio de Lima is a fighter to keep an eye on moving forward. Any light heavyweight with some talent and a pulse is worth watching these days.
Fantasy AnalysisRogerio de Lima is going to complain about a fence grab by Krylov that wasn't punished, but this loss is on him. He had two glorious attempts to finish Krylov will guillotine chokes and he failed both times. The end result was that he was exhausted and he tapped almost immediately after Krylov slapped on the rear naked choke. It was the first UFC loss for Rogerio de Lima.
Fantasy AnalysisIt took a while, but it appears that this fight will finally be taking place next month in Canada. Rogerio de Lima, who made his UFC debut in May 2014, has won his first two bouts with the company via first-round TKO.