UFC Co-Main Event Njokuani vs. Rodrigues Predictions, Odds and Picks

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Gregory Rodrigues of Brazil celebrates defeating Julian Marquez in their middleweight fight at the UFC Fight Night event. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP.

The UFC returns to Vegas for a talent-stacked Fight Night event inside the Apex.

Middleweight contenders will throw down in the evening’s co-main event, and we’re supplementing all your wagering needs.

Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues, including the updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC Vegas 60: Sandhagen vs. Song betting picks, predictions and analysis.

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Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues

Middleweight Co-Main Event Bout

Saturday, September 17, 2022 – 08:45 PM EDT at UFC Apex

Chidi “Bang Bang” Njokuani

  • Pro MMA Record: (22-7-0) (14 KOs, 1 submission, 7 decisions)
  • Age: 33
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Reach: 80.0"
  • Training Out Of: Janjira Muay Thai
  • Origin Fighting Style: Muay Thai

Aged 33-years-old, Chidi Njokuani is wasting no time in making his octagon presence felt with three consecutive KO/TKO stoppages to his name since making his UFC debut in September 2021.

After twelve months spent on the UFC roster, the former muay thai kickboxing champion is close to breaching the middleweight division's top-15 rankings, and deservingly so.

Having competed in professional MMA since 2007, Njokuani is no stranger to cage warfare, but he primarily competed in kickboxing events until his RFA debut in 2012. He moved on to Bellator and has notably competed worldwide, including a stint with LFA in 2020.

Devastating kicks from a distance with a long body frame to support, Njokuani made himself known on Dana White's Contender Series and the rest was history.

Chidi Njokuani Best Available Odds: (-105) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues

  • Pro MMA Record: (12-4-0) (6 KOs, 4 submissions, 2 decisions)
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Reach: 76.0"
  • Training Out Of: XGym
  • Origin Fighting Style: BJJ

Following his impressive round-one knockout over Julian Marquez earlier this year, the name “Robocop” is becoming familiar with the UFC fan base as this Brazilian brute continues to evolve in front of our eyes and make his name known.

Originating from a privileged background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gregory Rodrigues naturally began his MMA career with a solid grappling base and a basic level of striking offense.

After eight years of professional MMA competition, his growth in the striking realm becomes noticeable from fight to fight.

I believe the future of the 185lb weight class involves the likes of Rodrigues. Behind a lifelong skill in one particular discipline is a willingness to learn and evolve in the alternate areas that require attention. This dedication creates top-ranked fighters.

Gregory Rodrigues Best Available Odds: (-115) at Heritage Sports

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Njokuani Fight Style and How Can Njokuani Beat Rodrigues?

Njokuani, of course, drills takedown and grappling defense in the gym. He doesn’t require much attention to his striking because he’s a world-class kickboxer.

His primary focus in this weekend's contest will be to keep this fight standing, and while he prefers to stay on the outside and pick his opponents apart with long kicks and jabs, he can also be wild with clinch work and boxing.

Should the Nigerian-American avoid all grappling exchanges, this bout will be his to lose.

Rodrigues Fight Style and How Can Rodrigues Beat Njokuani?

Although Rodrigues has proven himself in boxing range, and he undoubtedly owns the power to put his opponents in jeopardy, he should utilize his grappling on Saturday evening because he isn’t going to match the striking level of Njokuani.

The Brazilian doesn’t need to make it obvious and shoot for a takedown instantly. Still, if he attempts to stand and strike with Njokuani for too long, it could be a long night of attempting to read his opponents' faints while falling short to the lightning-quick combinations.

Dragging Njokuani onto the ground will take this bout into a world where Rodrigues will excel and potentially give him a submission victory, or at the least, a tired and depleted opponent he can take advantage of.

Chidi Njokuani vs. Gregory Rodrigues Betting Picks and UFC Vegas 60 Odds

The available odds at top-rated sportsbooks are almost split on the moneyline odds, and you can’t blame the oddsmakers. This is an extremely difficult contest to break down; the result is entirely reliant on the decision-making of each fighter.

Both men will realize the importance of competing in the co-main event; putting on a show could make or break their significance. However, I don’t envision a world where the finishing ability of either man will end this fight early, making the over 1 ½ rounds an excellent proposition to wager on.

UFC Pick: Over 1 ½ Rounds (-140) [1.40u to win 1u] at GTBets (visit our GTBets Review)

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