DWCS 2021 Week 4 Breakdown and Predictions

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Santo Curatolo Credit: CFFC

Flyweight: Kleydson Rodrigues Vs. Santo Curatolo

Tale of the Tape

Kleydson Rodrigues
25-years-old
5’6″
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Nogueira
6-1
Hasn’t lost in six years
Santo Curatolo
26-years-old
5’3″
Staten Island, New York, US
Nick Catone MMA
6-1
Five first-round finishes

Pros and Cons

Kleydson Rodrigues

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • N/A

Santo Curatolo

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Prediction

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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