Marcelo Rojo
El Pitbull

Argentina

Fighting Kevin Croom in August
BantamweightUFC
May 10, 2021
Rojo (suspension) will take on Kevin Croom at the UFC's event on August 28, Entre Rounds reports.
ANALYSIS
Rojo will evidently conclude his six-month medical suspension for a left orbital emphysema and left lamina papyracea prior to August's fight date. He suffered a loss in his UFC debut against Charles Jourdain via TKO (punches) back in March. Versus Croom, Rojo will be at a three-inch height disadvantage.
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Will need clearance on face injuries
BantamweightUFC
March 16, 2021
Rojo is facing a potential six-month medical suspension unless he is able to get clearance from a doctor for maxillofacial bone fractures, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rojo also will need clearance for a left orbital emphysema and left lamina papyracea or he will not be able to fight again until Sept. 10. He is coming off a loss via TKO last Saturday to Charles Jourdain. s
Stopped late in UFC debut
BantamweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Rojo lost to Charles Jourdain via TKO (punches) at 4:31 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Making his company debut in a fight he accepted about three weeks ago, Rojo seemed to be in pretty good shape to earn a upset (+235) decision before Jourdain stopped him late. Rojo looked confident and comfortable in the early going before understandably fading as the fight progressed. While our exposure to Rojo is all of about 14 minutes, his aggressiveness and power (eight career KO wins) are intriguing. It will be interesting to see how the 27-year-old fares with a full training camp under his belt his next time out.
Making debut in March
BantamweightUFC
February 24, 2021
Rojo will fill in for Steve Garcia and fight Charles Jourdain at the UFC's event on March 13, C. Contreras Legaspi of laaficion.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rojo's initially-scheduled debut against Raoni Barcelos was called off last month after his opponent tested positive for COVID-19, but he'll now get to enter the Octagon mid-March. He'll get an opponent who's only won one of four fights since joining the promotion back in 2019.
No longer facing Barcelos
BantamweightUFC
February 22, 2021
Rojo's scheduled catchweight matchup against Raoni Barcelos has been called off after Barcelos tested positive for COVID-19, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rojo had been scheduled to make his UFC debut as a late-notice replacement for Raphael Assuncao, but would have been a big betting underdog (+350) against a top prospect like Barcelos. It's unknown at this time if the UFC intends to keep Rojo on Saturday's card or save the 16-6 fighter for a later date.