Laureano Staropoli
Pepi

Argentina

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.
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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.
Booked vs. Phil Rowe
WelterweightUFC
January 22, 2020
Staropoli will fight Phil Rowe at UFC Fight Night on March 28.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli is looking to get back on track after falling to Muslim Salikhov via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 162 in October. Prior to dropping that bout, Staropoli was in the midst of a seven-fight win streak, two of which came under the UFC banner. His opponent, Rowe, is working on a seven-match win streak of his own, which includes a TKO win over Leon Shahbazyan in Dana White's Contender Series in August.
Gives too much respect to Muslim Salikhov
WelterweightUFC
October 27, 2019
Staropoli lost to Muslim Salikhov via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
ANALYSIS
Staropoli appeared to give Salikhov too much respect in this fight. He allowed the "King of Kung Fu" to work at range throughout the contest. The pace was also slow, which allowed Salikhov to continually look for spinning attacks. In the end, Salikhov outlanded Staropoli 63 to 42 on significant strikes. Coming into this fight, Staropoli had won both of his UFC fights, so he certainly is going anywhere. However, this fight will likely be a wakeup call for him.