June 16, 2022 1:30 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Julian Marquez vs Gregory Rodrigues at UFC on ESPN 37

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JULIAN MARQUEZ VS GREGORY RODRIGUES FACTS

When is UFC on ESPN 37? Sunday 19th June, 2022 - 12:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on ESPN 37? Moody Center, Austin, Texas (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC on ESPN 37? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC on ESPN 37 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC on ESPN 37? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

JULIAN MARQUEZ VS GREGORY RODRIGUES LOWDOWN

After exploding onto the UFC scene, a split decision loss and time off on the sidelines hushed the Julian Marquez (9-2) hype. He flatlined Phil Hawes (2017) with a monstrous head kick on the Contender Series and followed that up by submitting Darren Stewart (2017) on debut. He then tore his lat in the loss to Alessio Di Chirico (2018) which forced him out for nearly three years requiring a couple surgeries. He eventually returned in February last year and got back to old ways by submitting Maki Pitolo (2021) and Sam Alvey (2021).

He was originally scheduled to fight Wellington Turman who got injured opening the door for Gregory Rodrigues (11-4) to step in. Robocop’s momentum got halted in his last fight with his impressive four-fight win streak coming to an end. He welcomed prospect Armen Petrosyan to the UFC but lost a split decision. This came after two knockouts for LFA over Josh Fremd and Al Matavao in 2021 and collected his two UFC wins the same year outpointing Dusko Todorovic and knocking out Jun Yong Park.

JULIAN MARQUEZ VS GREGORY RODRIGUES PREDICTION

This is arguably a tougher match up for Marquez. Like Turman, Rodrigues is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. However, he is more dangerous on the feet with knockout power. Despite Marquez’s four blockbuster finishes in the UFC including the one on the Contender Series, he has not impressed a great deal.

He has been in trouble against lesser opponents although the same can be said for Rodrigues. So, this could easily boil down to cardio and heart. We expect them both to mix in grappling trading positions while aggressively hunting the finish. Initially on the feet and will instinctively pounce on a submission if they rock each other.

So, a finish either way is very likely and for that reason the value is with Marquez as the underdog especially as Rodrigues’ cardio is suspect and he absorbs a lot of damage. However, we just have a feeling the Brazilian will catch him.

Prediction: Rodrigues via KO/TKO - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Prediction: Marquez to win

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