HILARIOUS: UFC Welterweight Michael Chiesa Willing to Grapple Heavyweight ‘Bigman’ Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Published 06/06/2021, 1:16 AM EDT
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – JANUARY 25: Michael Chiesa celebrates after his decision victory over Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at PNC Arena on January 25, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa had a rather memorable exchange while performing his on-air duties for UFC Post Show on ESPN+. Chiesa, with Karyn Bryant and Anthony Smith, interviewed Jairzinho Rozenstruik, the winner of UFC Vegas 28. ‘Bigi Boy’ put Augusto Sakai to sleep with one second remaining in the first round of the heavyweight main event.

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While catching up with the affable heavyweight contender out of Suriname, Chiesa hilariously put forth an offer to grapple Rozenstruik. The exchange came right after ‘Lionheart’ Smith swiftly denied wanting any part of that exercise. Michael Chiesa stipulated that the heavy-handed KO artist should make sure he refrains from throwing strikes.

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Apart from being a dangerous welterweight contender, Michael Chiesa has grown into his role as a commentator and analyst. His hilarious exchange with ‘Bigi Boy’ was yet another example of his ability to carry any frame he’s in. Several fighters have been able to showcase another side to their personality through these opportunities afforded by the UFC.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik: Where does he go from here?

After adding a grappling session against Chiesa on his calendar, Jairzinho Rozenstruik will look to find his way back to the title. He’s in the unfortunate position of having lost to the champion, Francis Ngannou, not too long ago. Not to mention, a loss to Ciryl Gane in his last fight means he’s shut out for the moment.

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)

However, his electrifying ability to secure late knockouts by lulling his opponents into a false sense of security will take him far. There are two clear-cut options for Rozenstruik to face before he enters at the doorstep of a title shot. Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov are both ahead of Rozenstruik in the rankings and would make for viable opponents.

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Chiefly, Volkov is the name that would make the most sense given Jairzinho Rozenstruik’s credentials as a kickboxer. Volkov’s evolved striking game would pose an interesting clash on the feet. However, ‘Drago’ is matched up with Ciryl Gane leaving Jairzinho Rozenstruik to test his mat skills against the ever-dangerous Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes.

Watch this story: 5 Interesting Facts You Need to Know About Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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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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