Saturday, December 7th, 7 pm PST, Capital One
Arena, Washington, D.C.
Alistair Overeem (45-17) vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik (9-0)
Fight Odds: Alistair Overeem (-125), Jairzinho Rozenstruik (+100)
UFC ON ESPN 7: OVEREEM VS. ROZENSTRUIK
On Saturday the 7th, the Capital One Arena is set to host a matchup between two ranked heavyweights. The veteran Alistair Overeem will be taking on rising knockout artist Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Rozenstruik will be stepping into the matchup on short notice as Walt Harris who was originally booked to face Overeem was unable to compete due to the tragic death of his stepdaughter. This is a short turnaround time for Rozenstruik who defeated former champion Andre Arlovski via first-round knockout at UFC 244 early in November.
OVEREEM VS. ROZENSTRUIK
Coming into this matchup ranked number 6 in the world Alistair Overeem looks to continue his winning streak by defeating upcoming prospect Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Overeem is coming off two first-round TKO’s against Sergei Pavlovich and Alexey Oleynik, before these two victories Overeem had been finished twice by Curtis Blaydes and number 2 ranked competitor Francis Ngannou.
Rozenstruik is an undefeated fighter with 9 wins 8 coming via knockout, 7 within the first round, the heavy-handed striker utilizes leg kicks to wear at his opponents while setting up his punches. He often uses his jab as a counter when his opponent is closing distance forcing them to step back and reset. Utilizing his counter striking Rozenstruik has been able to finish his last two opponents in quick fashion without taking any damage. While Rozenstruik does have an extensive kickboxing background one place he has had trouble within his UFC fights was when he was taken down by Junior Albini, while he was unable to find a submission Albini was able to take down Rozenstruik multiple times within the first controlling him for the majority of the round. Although he did face some adversity Rozenstruik was able to make adjustments and find the finish 54 seconds into the second round via head kick.
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