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"Pitbull"

Marcelo Rojo

Bantamweight Division

16-9-0 (W-L-D)

8

Wins by Knockout

6

Wins by Submission

2

Wins by Decision

Marcelo Rojo

athlete record

Event Results

Info

Learn more about Marcelo Rojo's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Hometown
Rio Cuarto, Argentina
Trains at
Entram Gym - Tijuana, Baja CA
Fighting style
MMA
Age
33
Height
68.00
Weight
136.00
Octagon Debut
Feb. 27, 2021
Reach
71.00
Leg reach
39.50

Fighter Facts

  • Team Griffin TUF LATAM 3
     
  • 6-2 with six finishes from TUF LATAM 3 to UFC debut
     
  • Has won three of his last six
     
  • 12 first round finishes
     
  • Eight wins by KO, six by submission (4 armbar, triangle armbar, guillotine)
     
  • Origin of nickname: “My first boxing coach named me that, because when I started I was too aggressive – I fought like a pitbull.”

 

UFC History

UFC 271 (2/12/22) Rojo was submitted by Kyler Phillips via triangle armbar at 1:48 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (3/13/21) In his UFC debut, Rojo was stopped via strikes by Charles Jourdain at 4:31 of the third round

The Ultimate Fighter LATAM, Season 3
On episode ten (semifinals), Rojo lost a three round unanimous decision to Claudio Puelles
On episode eight (quarterfinals), Rojo won a two round majority decision over John Bedoya
On episode three, Rojo submitted Juan Villaseca via rear naked choke in round one

 

Q&A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started 16 years ago. As a kid I was really troubled, so I fought in every sport I played. Then I decided to do something with that and started training kickboxing. I was watching Mirko Cro Cop knock out Igor Vovchanchyn in PRIDE, and I wanted to do that, so I changed to MMA, and since that moment I’ve been training.
Do you have any heroes? I don’t have any heroes. I put no one on a pedestal. I admire the people I’ve met, the people who surround me and teach me every day. My mom, my friends, and my training partners are the best examples.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I can’t describe it. It’s the best feeling in the world, knowing all the sacrifice and all the years invested. It’s a dream come true. 
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I was studying architecture, and I made four years of a career in it, but the passion for MMA made me make a decision. So I left it and made a career of MMA.
What was your job before you started fighting? As a Latin American athlete, I gotta work to make money. Here in Latin America, we did not have many sponsors or the money to just train and recover. It’s a new and growing sport here, so yeah...for example, during the quarantine in Mexico City I was giving boxing lessons in a park just to make money to eat.
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle choke 
Favorite Striking technique: Knees and elbows