Two welterweights that had their opponents drop out at the last minute will now face each other on Saturday night at UFC on ESPN as Daniel Rodriguez takes on Dwight Grant live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Rodriguez was originally scheduled to fight Takashi Sato, but Sato was pulled from the fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for reasons that haven’t been disclosed yet. Grant was booked for Calen Born, who never even made the weigh-in and was scratched.
Rodriguez is 12-1 as an MMA fighter, and 2-0 in the UFC. He also has a win in Dana White’s Contender Series, and in 23:37 minutes of fight time in the promotion, he’s averaged a whopping 8.60 significant strikes per minute, and 1.94 takedowns per 15 minutes with 83% accuracy. The 33-year-old from California has won eight fights in a row, six of them via stoppage. His last outing was a decision win on May 30th over Gabriel Green, also in the UFC Apex arena.
Grant enters with a 10-2 mark, and a 2-1 record in the UFC. He won his way to a contract via Dana White’s Contender Series in June of 2018. “The Body Snatcher” from New York City has seven career knockouts, but lands only 2.87 significant strikes per minute in the octagon. He earned a Performance of The Night bonus for his first round knockout of Carlo Pedersoli Jr. in February of 2019. The 35-year-old hasn’t fought since his split decision win in April of 2019 over Alan Jouban.
Here are the betting odds from various sportsbooks for Daniel Rodriguez vs. Dwight Grant at UFC Fight Night on August 22nd:
Money line odds
Daniel Rodriguez: -185
Dwight Grant: +160
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