Welcome to the UFC: Jairzinho Rozenstruik
With the UFC always in search of the heavy hitters, they dig deep to find heavyweight talent as it’s a division that lacks at the moment. That’s what they did here as they signed Jairzinho Rozenstruik first announced by Rozenstruik himself. The one-time RIZIN fighter will fight Junior Albini on February 2nd in Fortaleza, Brazil. Roznstruik also becomes the first Suriname native to fight in the UFC.
Team Bigi Boy
Get to know Jairzinho Rozenstruik:
Born on March 17, 1988, Rozenstruik started in combat sports at the age of 19-years-old after a stint in soccer. He trains out of Team Bigi Boy. “Bigi Boy” has a lengthy career as a kickboxer as he started training in 2007 with a record of 76-6 with 64 KO’s (more listed here) with multiple titles. The list of titles/accomplishments are 2011 Soema Na Basi World Championship (SLAMM) in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Others are Suthaibo world championship in 2016, WLF world championship 2016, DANGERZONE world championship in 2017, Zweet en Tranen world championship (SUTHAIBO) in 2018, and the Fairless championship (SUTHAIBO). Also worth mentioning he received a belt and certificate for his national & international performance (Minister of Youth and Sports of Suriname) in 2018. Rozenstruik appeared for the firstt tie to the more hardcore fans against Andrey Kovalev last May for Japan’s RIZIN Fighting Federation. He was signed to a multi-fight contract with RIZIN but both the promotion and Rozenstruik’s management came to terms and allowed him to sign this UFC contract. Jairzinho also tells me his thanks to the RIZIN federation “I appreciate RIZIN not holding me back from a big opportunity. Fighting for RIZIN was a great experience.”
What to expect from Jairzinho Rozenstruik:
I can see what the UFC see’s in Rozenstruik to give him an opportunity as he is the type of fighter that will produce big knockouts. Rozenstruik is a dangerous striker with massive power in both his hands but with the power he also is technical. He fights behind his jab which is a laser jab throwing it precisely and to set up his strikes when he throws over the striker. With his kickboxing background he hasn’t yet to show it off too much with four early finishes but he’s shown good flexibility and a stinging leg kick he throws often. Rozenstruik athleticism also shows when he fights as the big man is not afraid to launch flying knees and switch kicks. Rozenstruik has only fought outside the first round once and he went the full fifteen minutes. His cardio held up but did slow in round 3 but it’s expected and not too bad for his first time. Where he will struggle the most is off his back as it seems he’s lost when it comes to his defense. The takedown defense isn’t too bad but against a good wrestler it could be a problem but he is strong so if you don’t attempt to take him down in the center of the cage you probably would get him down. Rozenstruik is primarily a striker but he has dangerous ground and pound as well if he lands on top. Overall, he’s a good talent and still young in his MMA career so I like his future.
How he matches up with Junior Albini:
Albini is a good test for Rozenstruik who is at best a mid-tier guy. Albini has good Muay-Thai and decent speed where Rozenstruik is mainly athletic and powerful. Albini tends to plant his feet a lot and Rozenstruik is the guy to captilize with his explosiveness. Albini has the best chance winning this fight with takedowns. He usually gets his foes down working the clinch first. With that said, Rozenstruik is a strong guy meaning I don’t think he can take Rozenstruik down.