Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Draws Ben Sosoli at UFC Auckland
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 27, 2019
Rogerio de Lima will fight Ben Sosoli in a heavyweight bout Feb. 22 at UFC Auckland, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Since coming back to the heavyweight scene, Rogerio de Lima is 1-2 with his most recent defeat coming at the hands of Stefan Struve via submission. Sosoli is 7-2 at the UFC level.
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Folds under opponent's top game
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 23, 2019
Rogerio de Lima lost to Stefan Struve via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:34 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Rogerio de Lima looked sharp in his first fight at heavyweight in November, and appeared to be headed towards another victory after dropping Struve with a big shot in the first round. Fortunes changed in Round 2, however, as Struve found a takedown in a grappling exchange and wasted little time cutting through Rogerio de Lima's guard to sink the choke. The 33-year-old's game is almost certainly better suited for the heavyweight division but he still has the problem of looking particularly lost when on bottom, as four of his six losses have come via submission. While it would be premature to write him off due to one loss, Rogerio de Lima needs to sharpen up his guard game if he wants to progress past mid-tier rankings.
Next heavyweight bout in Prague
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 22, 2018
Rogerio de Lima will take on Stefan Struve in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Prague on Feb. 23.
ANALYSIS
Rogerio won his first two UFC fights, but has alternated wins and losses in each fight since then. He'll look to string together consecutive victories for the first time since his 2014 debut year, and will get a chance to do so against a fighter in Struve that has lost his last three matchups. Rogerio de Lima will concede massive height and reach advantages to "The Skyscrape" (as most opponents do), but the way opposing combatants have negated that is by wrestling, which is a skill Rogerio de Lima has in his in arsenal.
Returns from long layoff with easy decision victory
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 3, 2018
Rogerio de Lima defeated Adam Wieczorek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Rogerio de Lima has a ton of natural ability and it was all on full display Saturday. He easily handled an over matched Wieczorek in all aspects of the bout en route to a clean sweep on the judge's scorecards. The Brazilian has struggled with consistency throughout the course of his UFC career, having now rotated wins and losses in his past seven fights. It was an especially impressive effort when you take into account that Rogerio de Lima had been on the sidelines for more than a year and a half due to a USADA violation that was later proven to be untrue.
Ruled eligible to compete again
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 23, 2018
Rogerio de Lima was deemed eligible to fight again by the USADA on Tuesday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Rogerio was flagged by the USADA back in August ahead of UFC FIght Night 115 for a potential anti-doping violation. But, after it was discovered that multiple Brazilian pharmacies were selling contaminated supplements, Rogerio, along with Junior dos Santos and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, was ruled eligible to return to fighting.
Out of UFC Rotterdam
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 13, 2017
Rogerio de Lima was flagged by the USADA for a potential doping violation and has been pulled from his light heavyweight bout against Saparbek Safarov at UFC Fight Night 115 on September 2 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
ANALYSIS
Rogerio de Lima was scheduled for his third UFC fight this year but was pulled from the event on Friday after being flagged with a potential doping violation by the USADA. While the banned substance that was found hasn't been released, the possible violation came from an out-of-competition sample that was taken on August 1. "Pezao" will be suspended until the investigation into the violation is concluded. The UFC is looking for a replacement to face Safarov but none is known as of Sunday.