Laureano Staropoli

Pepi

Argentina

Released after four-fight skid
MiddleweightOther
November 2, 2021
Staropoli has been released from the UFC, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli began his UFC run with victories over Hector Aldana and Thiago Alves, but proceeded to drop four consecutive bouts after that. The losing streak, perhaps combined with the fact that all six fights went to the judges, both presumably contributed to his release. The 28-year-old middleweight will now enter free agency with a 9-5-0 professional record.
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Losing streak hits four
MiddleweightOther
October 23, 2021
Staropoli lost to Jamie Pickett via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a dreadful effort from Staropoli as a -210 favorite and one that might cost him roster spot. Judge Derek Cleary gave Staropoli Round 1, but there's a real case to be made he deserved to be swept on the scorecards. A striker by trade, Staropoli attempted to lean on his wrestling game here, and it didn't work. He landed just 1-of-9 takedown attempts while allowing Pickett to connect on his only two tries. The 28-year-old Argentinian would appear to be another fighter on the chopping block, as Saturday's defeat was his fourth in a row dating back to October 2019.
To face Pickett in two weeks
MiddleweightOther
October 6, 2021
Staropoli's scheduled middleweight matchup against Jamie Pickett has been re-booked for the UFC event set to take place Oct. 23, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli needs desperately to snap a three-fight losing streak and potentially save his job, and the circumstances were looking good, with "Pepi" set to enter as roughly a (-230) betting favorite. Instead, one of Pickett's cornermen ended up testing positive for COVID-19, which will push the date of the fight back two weeks.
Fight called off
MiddleweightOther
October 5, 2021
Staropoli will no longer face Jamie Pickett on Saturday after his opponent tested positive for COVID-19, AgFight.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli was coming in following a unanimous decision loss to Roman Dolidze back in early June. That was his third dropped fight in a row. It doesn't appear that the UFC will look for a short notice replacement, so it's possible that the Pickett fight will be rebooked.
Booked in October vs. Pickett
MiddleweightOther
June 27, 2021
Staropoli will take on Jamie Pickett in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 9, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli has now lost three consecutive fights, but he'll turn around quickly in hopes of breaking that streak. He draws a dangerous knockout artist in Pickett, but Pickett is also a fighter that has a tough time if he can't get the finish, as shown by his 0-2 mark in the UFC. Staropoli has the edge in both offensive and defensive striking over a relatively small sample size, but he'll need to weather the early storm here and likely look to secure the victory in the later rounds.
Loses grinding, grappling-heavy affair
MiddleweightOther
June 6, 2021
Staropoli lost to Roman Dolidze via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli mustered just nine total significant strikes over the course of the 15-minute bout, and while he went 3-for-5 on takedowns, he was only able to turn that into 0:50 of control time. His opponent was able to rack of five total takedowns and earned 9:37 of control time as a result. While Staropoli deserves some credit for taking this fight on relatively short notice, he's now lost three fights in a row, which included one weight miss. He needs a win in the worst way his next time out.