UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Augusto Sakai: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/01/2021, 12:54 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 26: Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Augusto Sakai are set to clash heads in an important heavyweight contest in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai.

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Both fighters will look to move among the division’s elites with a win in this fight. And with both of them coming off losses, it’s important to get a win in each fighter’s career.

Rozenstruik has fought 7 times in the UFC, winning 5 of those fights. He currently holds a professional record of 11-2. Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane are the only two fighters to get the better of ‘Bigi Boy’ inside the Octagon. Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, and Junior Dos Santos are some of the legends in his victims’ list.

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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 for Sakai, he lost to ‘The Demolition Man‘ in his last fight via a 5th-round stoppage. The 30-year-old Brazilian is currently 4-1 in his UFC career so far.

Wins over Blagoy Ivanov, Marcin Tybura, Andrei Arlovski, and more are some of his most notable triumphs. Sakai currently has a professional record of 15-2.

The 33-year-old American Top Team trainee, Rozenstruik, has a total of 10 finishes on his resume. All of them have come by knockout. Sakai also has an impressive tally of 11 knockout finishes under his belt out of his 15 wins.

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Augusto Sakai: Analysis

Rozenstruik can put the lights out on anybody with one shot. He will enter the Octagon looking to earn a finish early in the fight. However, that’s easier said than done as Sakai has a great chin on him. Also, the Brazilian uses his superior cardio to put pressure on his opponents, and ‘Bigi Boy‘ often folds under pressure.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: (L-R) Augusto Sakai of Brazil kicks Blagoy Ivanov of Bulgaria in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

What’s more, as seen in his last fights, Rozenstruik is often hesitant to let his hands go. That can give Sakai the opportunity to use his pressure and cage-style mixed with his grappling.

Sakai should be able to overwhelm Rozenstruik and eventually earn a second-round stoppage via ground-and-pound after weathering the early fire.

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Final Prediction: Augusto Sakai by T/KO in Round-2

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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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