DWCS 2021 Week 4 Breakdown and Predictions

Santo Curatolo Credit: CFFC

Flyweight: Kleydson Rodrigues Vs. Santo Curatolo

Tale of the Tape

Kleydson Rodrigues
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Nogueira
Hasn’t lost in six years
Santo Curatolo
Staten Island, New York, US
Nick Catone MMA
Five first-round finishes

Pros and Cons

Kleydson Rodrigues


  • Explosive
  • Good elbows
  • Heavy ground and pound
  • Good jiu-jitsu
  • Submission threat
  • Good Thai clinch
  • Good output
  • Good ground and pound
  • Solid TDD
  • Good jiu-jitsu


  • N/A

Santo Curatolo


  • Solid wrestling
  • Huge knockout power
  • Physically strong
  • Fast starter
  • Excellent clinch fighter/Dirty boxing
  • Good/heavy kicks
  • Volume striker
  • Solid TDD
  • Scrambles really well
  • Credible jiu-jitsu


  • Questionable gas tank

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Curatolo
Speed: Rodrigues
Output/Volume: Rodrigues
Knockout Power: Curatolo
Chin: Rodrigues
Kickboxing: Rodrigues
Footwork: Even
Wrestling: Curatolo
Grappling: Even
Submissions: Rodrigues
Cardio: Even


I love this fight between two highlight-reel action fighters in the flyweight division. I haven’t got to see enough of Rodrigues. I have watched enough to know he’s extremely skilled with a variety of weapons. Curatolo has all the tools to be a future UFC champ one day. He has the power, speed, ground game, explosiveness, wrestling, and overall ability. If his gas tank isn’t as bad outside the first he’s a title contender possibly. His sole loss came in round two because he was spent on energy. Curatolo did throw a lot of power shots in round one so it wasn’t surprising to see him gas out a bit. His last fight he went into round two again. He was slower, but still found the knockout win.

Rodrigues could possibly stun Curatolo but I haven’t seen enough of him to see him beating Curatolo.


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