Argentine Marcelo ‘Pitbull’ Rojo (16-7) has a new opportunity in the UFC. Sources confirmed to ESPN Deportes that the Tijuana Entram Gym fighter will fight Brazilian debutant Daniel Santos (8-1) on October 16 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas to replace Timur Valiev, who is out due to injury.
It would be the second match for the Cordovan, who reached promotion in March, when he faced Canadian Charles Jourdain at 145 pounds on short notice. Later he has had various complications to get into the octagon due to his rivals, as Kevin Croom came out first and just two weeks ago, Jonathan Martínez ended up in the hospital hours after the weigh-in without the commission letting him fight.
Rojo, in the midst of the annoyance over not being able to fight in Las Vegas, assured that he would not take a fight on short notice a week later, because of the weight cut, but now he will have a little more than a month to prepare.
South American ‘Wilicat’ Santos is one of the most anticipated prospects at bantamweight, with five victories by completion and experience in promotions from his country, Russia and the Middle East.
The promotion has announced former 135-pound champion Miesha Tate against Brazilian Ketlen Vieira as the main event on that card.