Devin Clark (8-2) will welcome Boston’s Mike Rodriguez (9-2) to the octagon for the first time when the two light heavyweights clash at UFC 223 next month. UFC officials announced the booking this week.
UFC 223 will take place April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will square-off in the headliner for the UFC lightweight championship, while Joanna Jedrzejczyk will rematch Rose Namajunas for the women’s strawweight title in the co-main event.
Clark had a two-fight winning streak snapped by Jan Blachowicz via submission at UFC Fight Night 118 last October. Prior to that he had posted unanimous decision victories over Jake Collier and Josh Stansbury. He is now 2-2 inside the octagon.
Clark is a former RFA light heavyweight champion and was on a six-fight unbeaten streak before signing with the UFC in 2016. The 27-year-old South Dakota native has finished three of his eight career wins via knockout and one by submission.
Rodriguez garnered the attention of the UFC president with a flying knee KO of Jamelle Jones on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 5 last August. Before that he had been competing under the CES MMA banner where he scored three first-round knockout victories in the first half of 2017.
Rodriguez is 29-years-old and trains out of Lauzon MMA. He has finished seven of his nine career wins via knockout and two by submission. All but one of his pro MMA victories have been in the first round.
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