UFC Heavyweight Prospect Ciryl Gane Sweeps a Unanimous Decision Win Against ‘Bigi Boy’ Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC Fight Night

Published 02/27/2021, 11:28 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Vegas 20 is in the books and Ciryl Gane picked up a clean sweep 50-45 on the scorecards against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. ‘Bon Gamin’ was able to use his speed advantage to land distance strikes that ultimately won him the night. Rozenstruik kept looking for the counter shot all night long and unfortunately for him, it never came.

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Gane has grabbed the attention of the MMA world, and his divisional rivals have taken notice of his skills. The Frenchman has now proven that with just 8 professional fights under his belt, he’s capable of huge things. There are plenty of takeaways from his performance, and his versatility for a big heavyweight fighter is definitely one of them.

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UFC heavyweights: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Ciryl Gane

Ciryl Gane arrested Rozenstruik’s attention early in round one, snapping heavy jabs as he stayed light on his feet. ‘Bigi Boy’ kept looking for check hooks, which landed occasionally as both men were trying to gauge the optimal striking range. Gane landed a late drag takedown late in the round in order to nullify the Rozenstruik’s nuclear power.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Ciryl Gane of France kicks Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Surinamese fighter in Jairzinho wasn’t as aggressive in round two and continually searched for the counter. It was clear that he was looking for the power blow while his opponent stayed buoyant and active within his own striking range. However, when Rozenstruik did push forward, he certainly seemed to get Gane’s attention.

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Chiefly, as the fight entered the mid-rounds, the distance strike advantage was clearly in favor of Ciryl Gane. However, the activity rate dipped as both fighters certainly had a lot of regard for the power that the other possessed. ‘Bon Gamin’ began pulling away with the fight as Rozenstruik remained far too tentative in the later rounds.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: (R-L) Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname punches Ciryl Gane of France in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

As the fight drew to a close, it was clear that the French fighter was heading in for a clean sweep on the scorecards.

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik will lose his ranking to the 8-0 prospect, and he’s now 1-2 in his last three outings. As for Gane, a massive bout against Derrick Lewis seems likely to be his next outing for 2021.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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