Jairzinho Rozenstruik Shares His Intense Street Fighting Experiences

Published 05/24/2021, 12:00 PM EDT


Jairzinho Rozenstruik is all set to face Augusto Sakai at UFC Fight Night 189. ‘Bigi Boy’ will love to get back to winning ways after losing his last fight against Ciryl Gane.

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The fighter was recently in a conversation with SCMP, where he talked about his street fighting experiences. Rozenstruik said, “I’ve been fighting in the street a long time ago. When I started fighting, it wasn’t that easy.

“I was trouble at fighting in the street all the time, but the kickboxing career when I started kickboxing it changed my life.”

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The heavyweight talked about how training turned him away from street fighting. He said, “I didn’t have the energy to fight on the street anymore.

“It’s still that bad boy but it wasn’t worth it because you throw all that energy in the gym, the coaches get your a** tired. The only thing you know is going home, take a shower, eat and go to sleep.

Growing up, most fighters tend to get involved in street fighting at one point or time. However, most of them stop after they start training and competing professionally. The same happened with ‘Bigi Boy’ as he no longer got into street brawls but focused on his career.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik talks about facing 2-3 people at once

The whole conversation started after the interviewer talked about someone trying to break into Derrick Lewis’ car and the fighter knocking him out. Then Rozenstruik was asked about whether he had ever faced more than one person during a street fight.

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“When I was young, you know the age of 13, 14, we always have trouble, me and my friends sometimes even 5 of my friends.

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“Like when you’re playing soccer or playing basketball something goes wrong, end up fighting with 2-3 people and then run away. When you got two of them hit start running, coz you know they’re gonna come at you.”

Rozenstruik’s street fighting days are clearly behind him and now he is focused on his MMA career. The fighter is No.6 in the UFC Heavyweight rankings and would love to get a win over Sakai and make his way towards a title opportunity.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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