Massive 5-Round Heavyweight Fight Announced for February 27

Published 01/30/2021, 7:28 AM CST


Jairzinho Rozenstruik will fight Ciryl Gane in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card in February. The card was originally scheduled to be headlined by a light-heavyweight contest between Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka. The heavyweight duo was originally scheduled for a March 13 card, but they have a new date now.

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‘Bigi Boy’ is coming off a knockout win over former champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 252. On the other hand, Ciryl Gane controversially finished Dos Santos in UFC 256. With both fighters having powerful striking prowess, the bout is set to be a banger.

Recently, Rozenstruik announced the new date for the bout on his social media, but there is yet to be any official announcement from the UFC.

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Rozenstruik is currently 11-1 in his professional career, with his only defeat coming at UFC 249 against Francis Ngannou. ‘The Predator’ knocked Rozenstruik out in a brutal fashion. He has notable wins over Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, and Junior Dos Santos.

Gane, on the other hand, holds a professional record of 7-0. Four of those wins have come in the UFC. The Frenchman has finished six of his opponents, three by KO/TKO and three by submission. His most notable victim to date has been Junior Dos Santos.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (R-L) Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname punches Junior Dos Santos of Brazil in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik will look to be back in the division’s elite

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‘Bigi Boy’ started off his UFC career in an exciting fashion. Four back-to-back finishes in his first four fights set him up for a cracking clash against Francis Ngannou at UFC 249. Rozenstruik specifically asked the UFC for that match up, as he believed he had the recipe to trouble Ngannou. But it backfired on him as Ngannou knocked him out brutally within 20 seconds.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Junior Dos Santos of Brazil in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

But since, he has beaten Dos Santos in impressive fashion. That has put him right back in the discussion of top heavyweights and future title challengers. Now another win over Gane, a rising star, will surely skyrocket his stocks yet again in the landscape of the heavyweight division of the UFC.

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Can Rozenstruik win against Gane? Who are you rooting for when the two knockout artists clash horns?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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