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Marcelo Rojo Explains His Hilarious Raptor Celebration: I'm Happy Being Silly

Although Marcelo Rojo might be a new face to the UFC, many fans might already be familiar with the Argentine fighter.

Rojo (16-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his highly anticipated UFC debut Saturday in Las Vegas at UFC Fight Night 187. The 32-year-old takes on Charles Jourdain (10-3-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) in a featherweight contest. “Pitbull” is no rookie to MMA and enters the UFC with a reputation.

Rojo makes his UFC debut with more than 20 fights under his belt, having competed in “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3,” and having built an impressive highlight reel in Combate Americas – establishing himself as one of the biggest names in that promotion.

But apart from all the accomplishments and experience, Rojo also has made the rounds online with several post-fight celebrations running around the cage pretending to be a dinosaur – a velociraptor to be exact.

Although it may seen like a goofy, funny celebration, the raptor moves have a deeper meaning for Rojo – a meaning only the closest to him know.

“When I was a kid, I used to do it with my family and my friends in Argentina,” Rojo told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “I don’t have any brothers, but I have a bunch of cousins and we were once watching ‘Jurassic Park’ and we would laugh and play based on the movie. And because I would do (the dinosaur re-enactment) so well, it stuck.”


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