What Is Next for Jairzinho Rozenstruik After a Buzzer-Beating Win at UFC Vegas 28?

Published 06/05/2021, 11:56 PM EDT


Jairzinho Rozenstruik made a statement tonight with a win over Augusto Sakai. The heavyweight from Suriname bounced back brilliantly into the win column after a loss against Ciryl Gane in his last outing.

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The heavyweight division is brimming with top talent right now. There are a lot of fighters who can challenge for the title with a few more wins under their belt, Rozenstruik is one such fighter. 

Despite being knocked out by the current champion in less than a minute, ‘Bigi Boy’ has since improved his game by leaps and bounds. With the win tonight, Rozenstruik has thrown his name right back in the mix among the top heavyweights. Following his impressive performance, we take a look at what could be next for him.

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Curtis Blaydes anyone?

As he was ranked sixth ahead of the fight, Bigi Boy’ will surely gain a few places once the revised rankings come out on Tuesday. Rozenstruik, 3-2 in his last five fights, will be aiming to build on his win streak in a bid to fight for the title as soon as possible. Most of the fighters ranked above him are either booked for a fight or have beaten him.

However, one heavyweight is ranked above him and hasn’t beaten him. This is Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes.

The Black Beast’ knocked out Curtis Blaydes in their title eliminator fight earlier this year which put to halt a four-fight win streak. This run included wins over the likes of Alexander Volkov, Junior dos Santos, Shamil Abdurakhimov, and Justin Willis. 

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‘Razor’ vs ‘Biggi Boy’ could be an epic matchup for both men. For ‘Razor’ it will be an excellent opportunity to test himself against a dangerous knockout artist in red-hot form. On the flip side, for ‘Biggi Boy’, it will be a huge stylistic test.

Rozenstruik is not exactly known for his wrestling pedigree. Meanwhile, Blaydes is a wrestler through and through. Hence, it will be interesting to see how ‘Bigi Boy’ copes with the relentless wrestling that ‘Razor’ brings to the table. 

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What do you make of a potential fight between Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruik? Do you see Rozenstruik fighting anyone else? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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