UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Gane- Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Ciryl Gane: Prediction and Analysis

Published 02/26/2021, 7:39 AM EST


UFC Vegas 20 is home to a heavyweight headlining scrap between top-ranked contenders Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane.

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The winner of the fight is likely one fight away from a title shot in what has become a hectic division. Chiefly, both men are coming off the biggest wins of their careers over former champion Junior Dos Santos.

Stipe Miocic will soon put his heavyweight strap on the line against Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 set for March. Although the path to the title after that is murky at best with the presence of Jon Jones, activity is always the key.

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The winner of Saturday night’s main event will likely go on to face Derrick Lewis in a title eliminator.

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UFC Fight Night: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Ciryl Gane

The Surinamese fighter puts his #3 ranking on the line against Ciryl Gane, who is an undefeated prospect. He’s bounced back from the only loss of his pro career that came against Francis Ngannou at UFC 250. Gane will have to be wary of Rozenstruik’s switch stance kicks that he sets up in virtually all of his contests.

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)

Rozenstruik is one of the most vicious kickboxers in the division and he carries fight-ending power late into the fight. This was on display when he faced Alistair Overeem in December 2019 and he KO’ed Overeem with 4 seconds left. Moreover, this feat is impressive considering that he was losing the fight until that point on the scorecards.

‘Bon Gamin’- All the way to the top

Ciryl Gane is 7-0 as a professional with 4 of those wins coming in the UFC. He is incredibly mobile for a heavyweight of his size and this has paid dividends in his run thus far.

What’s more, he’s one of only 6 UFC heavyweights to win a fight via Arm Triangle, showcasing his versatility. He joined the ranks of championship-caliber fighters like Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar when he pulled off this feat.

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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)

‘Bon Gamin’ is no pushover on the feat either, as he’s spent a meaningful amount of time training with Francis Ngannou at MMA Factory.

His striking is crisp from the outside without many wasted blows in tight range. With a sound defensive game, he should be able to breakdown the offense that will be brought forth by ‘Bigi Boy’.

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Prediction: Ciryl Gane to claim a second-round TKO win

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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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