Rozenstruik Bounces Back, KOs Augusto Sakai in Round 1

Rozenstruik Bounces Back, KOs Augusto Sakai in Round 1

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik defeated Augusto Sakai in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 189.

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Once again, Bigi Boi managed to solve the match before the bell, reminding everyone about his victory against Alistair Overeem.

Roznestruik (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) eas in the center of the octagon while the Brazilian moved around. After a sudden burst that saw him sending one left, and a hard right hook that struck his rival on the side of his head, Sakai (15-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) finished on the floor. The Surinamese sent a flurry of heavy ground-and-pound punches, and the referee had to stop the bout.

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Prior to this moment, there weren’t any exciting situations, as both fighters kept a distance between themselves, not wanting to engage in any open exchange. Apart from mild hits, we didn’t see anything here.

This is the second loss in a row for the Brazilian, following a four-fight winning streak since coming to the UFC. Sakai defeated Chase Sherman, Andrei Ralovski, Marcin Tybura, and Blagoy Ivanov, but he would often win fights via split decision. His previous loss came against Overeem, who KOd the Brazilian, exposing many of his weaknesses.

As for Rozenstruik, he bounced back after a decision loss against Ciryl Gane. In the past four fights, Bigi Boi is 2-2, losing to Francis Ngannou before defeating Junior dos Santos. This win is extremely important for the 33-year old, who stayed in the elite echelon of the heavyweight division.

Even though he had two defeats, one against the new champion and the other against the guy who will probably get his shot at the title pretty soon, Rozenstruik himself is still in contention to receive the opportunity to win the title. Though, that would depend on his next battle and the rival in the same.

Right now, Derrick Lewis is first in the line, and we could expect his match with Ngannou this fall or winter.

In other matches of the night, Marcin Tybura beat Walt Harris also via TKO in the first round. The bout was stopped after 4:06. This was the fifth straight victory for the Polish fighter, who beat Sergey Spivak, Maxim Grishin, Ben Rothwell, and Greg Hardy prior to this event.

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Ilir Latifi was better than Tanner Boser after a split decision, while Montana De La Rosa beat Ariane Lipski after a KO in the second round.

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