UFC DC: Jairzinho Rozenstruik is back again
There is a new dog in the Heavyweight Division, and his name is Jairzinho “Bigi Boy” Rozenstruik. Rozenstruik is only three fights into his UFC career, and he has made sure that each one them was ended with a finish.
In Rozenstruik’s last two fights combined, he was out of the Octagon in less than a minute. First he scored a knockout on Allen Crowder in a staggering nine seconds in devastating fashion, claiming the second-fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history in the process. Then, shortly after that, he took out the former UFC Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in just 29 seconds with a clean left hook.
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Jairzinho Rozenstruik was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. At the age of 17, he began training kickboxing and fighting in professional bouts. Throughout Rozenstruik’s pro kickboxing career, he would go on to accumulate a total of 76 wins. 64 of which were by way of knockout. It goes without saying that this man is a very well-rounded striker.
In 2012, Rozenstruik began his adventure into the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Since transitioning, everything has gone smooth for Jairzinho. Currently, he is 9-0 with all but one of his fights ending in a finish. He made his UFC debut earlier this year, in February.
He has competed three times this calendar year, with his next bout this Saturday set to be his fourth, this time, in the main event slot. It’s safe to say that this man is very active. Just to put his activity into perspective, the Arlovski fight was only last month, on the Nov. 2.
Rozenstruik is certainly making waves. While he might not be as well known just yet, that could all change after Saturday night. The No. 14 ranked Heavyweight will face his biggest challenge yet, after he decided to step up and save the card on short notice and face “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem, in what will be his first main event in the UFC.
This most certainly will be Rozenstruik’s toughest test yet. I don’t believe I need to do a rundown of Overeem’s resume to get you to understand that. The name itself says it all. With who the opponent is and the added stress of being the main event, it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure.
Can Rozenstruik surprise the world again? Securing a win over Overeem could only catapult his career into bigger and better things. Again, this will only be his fourth fight under the UFC banner. I cannot wait for all the potential future match-ups with this monster. He is someone to really keep an eye out for.
Your friendly neighborhood MMA enthusiast.