Laureano Staropoli
Pepi

Argentina

Drops decision after missing weight
WelterweightUFC
August 9, 2020
Staropoli lost to Tim Means via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli got off to a good start, finding his range in the first round and likely taking the frame after winning the significant striking battle 33-to-26. Means was able to take his best shots, however, and looked to make it a brawl in typical Tim Means fashion. Staropoli had a fast start to the second, but started to tire before Means sent him to the canvas with a high kick. He was able to recover, but at that point the tides were starting to turn to Means. Staropoli remained relatively active in the final two rounds, but Means took his best shots without issue and landed plenty of responses of his own, winning the significant striking battle in each frame. The judges saw correctly saw this one for Means, dealing Staropoli another tough blow after he missed weight Friday and had to forfeit 20 percent of his purse. It's the second consecutive loss for Staropoli, and his UFC record now sits at an even 2-2.
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Overweight, forfeiting 20 percent
WelterweightUFC
August 7, 2020
Staropoli was 3.5 pounds over the welterweight limit for his bout against Tim Means on Saturday and will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Means as a result, with the fight proceeding at catchweight, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters came in heavy, but Means was able to hit the welterweight mark on his second attempt. Other than the forfeited purse and the weight reclassification, the fight is expected to go on as usual.
Books fight with Tim Means
WelterweightUFC
July 12, 2020
Staropoli (9-2-0) is slated to face Tim Means (29-12-1, 1 NC) in a welterweight fight Aug. 8 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Mike Heck and Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli was initially expected to face Zelim Imadaev in August for what would have been his 12th professional MMA fight, but an agreement on the matchup couldn't be finalized. Instead, Staropoli will now turn his focus to Means, a long-time UFC veteran who is looking to get back into the win column after losing to Daniel Rodriguez in his last trip to the Octagon in February. Staropoli, meanwhile, suffered his first UFC loss in his last fight back in October, as Muslim Salikhov beat him via unanimous decision at UFC Singapore.
Facing Imadaev at UFC 252
WelterweightUFC
June 16, 2020
Staropoli (9-2-0) is scheduled to face Zelim Imadaev (8-2-0) in a welterweight bout Aug. 15 at UFC 252, which will be held at a yet-to-be-determined location, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli will be fighting for the first time in 2020 after previously having matchups with both Philip Rowe and Khaos Williams at UFC Columbus/Las Vegas in late March cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 27-year-old saw a seven-fight winning streak come to an end when he last entered the Octagon in October, as he lost to Muslim Salikhov in a unanimous decision at UFC Singapore.
Draws Khaos Williams in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
March 16, 2020
Staropoli (9-2-0) is now scheduled to take on Khaos Williams (10-1-0) in a welterweight bout March 28 at UFC on ESPN 8.
ANALYSIS
Williams was a late addition to the card as a replacement for Phil Rowe, who was previously expected to take on Staropoli. Along with the change in opponent, Staropoli will also have to deal with a late change in the venue, as the March 28 event was initially scheduled for Columbus before the coronavirus pandemic prompted the UFC to move the event. The 27-year-old Staropoli will enter the Octagon looking to rebound from the second loss of his carer, as he fell to Muslim Salikhov via unanimous decision back in October.
Next fight in limbo
WelterweightUFC
March 5, 2020
Updating a previous report, Staropoli is no longer scheduled to face Phil Rowe on March 28.
ANALYSIS
According to both MMAJunkie.com and the ESPN calendar, Rowe is now scheduled to face Cole Williams in Portland on April 11. It's unclear if this re-booking was due to injury or simply misreported in the first place, but Staropoli's immediate future is uncertain at this time.