Rozenstruik and Tybura were both in the heavyweight title discussion before recent losses. Rozenstruik fell to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 266 while Tybura lost just weeks later at UFC 267 against Alexander Volkov.
Rozenstruik has traded wins and losses since his knockout loss to Francis Ngannou in just 20 seconds at UFC 249. He’s earned wins most recently against Junior dos Santos and Augusto Sakai.
Tybura was arguably the hottest heavyweight contender before a loss to Volkov. He had won five fights in a row over the likes of Ben Rothwell, Greg Hardy, and Walt Harris.
The full card for UFC Vegas 49 has yet to be announced, but the card will be headlined by top lightweight contenders Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev. The winner of that matchup will more than likely be next in line for the 155-pound title.
Former UFC Heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos has had a successful post UFC career so far, most notably making numerous appearances in an AEW ring. Speaking with MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca, the former UFC champion opened up on his final run in the company, where everything felt “forced and really weird.” Competing at AEW “lit […]
Former UFC Heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos has had a successful post UFC career so far, most notably making numerous appearances in an AEW ring.
Speaking with MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca, the former UFC champion opened up on his final run in the company, where everything felt “forced and really weird.” Competing at AEW “lit a gigantic fire inside of me” after not feeling so welcome in the UFC anymore.
“They were really unprofessional, let’s put it this way, with the way they treated [me], like they [treat] everybody else,” Junior dos Santos said. “I wasn’t the first and won’t be the last. The last two fights I got were on those terms, ‘You take it or you’re out.’”
“I was always a nice guy because that’s how I like to be, I like being nice to people so people are nice to me,” Dos Santos said. “I learned to be that way in life, to never expect from others something I don’t give them. I was always a nice guy, treating everybody well, always smiling, and in a way they took advantage of it, or treated it as a weakness, kind of putting me down, I don’t know. They tried to take the most advantage they could of the athlete I built, of Junior ‘Cigano,’ especially the way the last fight was, something really odd.
“But honestly, that’s in the past. There’s nothing I can do, so I won’t carry that with me because, like I said, that’s in the past and it can’t leave the past. I’ve done a lot of therapy and learned to deal with that in a better way. We can’t resolve some things, so they’ll stay that way, and that’s the case with this [situation]. Let’s move on. This type of situation now with pro wrestling showed how much Junior ‘Cigano’ is beloved and how much Junior ‘Cigano’ can still perform.”
Since Dos Santos is no longer under contract with the UFC, he is open to signing with a different MMA organization, but is focused on making the jump to the boxing world where the contract situations tend to differ vastly from the MMA contracts he’s used to citing, “you sign an eight-fight contract and [they will] do whatever [they] want with you.”
“That’s what happens in the UFC and these promotions,” said Dos Santos, who had five bouts left in his deal at the time of his departure. “That locks up the athletes, [losing] great possibilities to negotiate, and they do what they want. The UFC has the safety to keep you locked for eight fights. Now, you lose the first one and they can let you go if they want, there’s no safety [for the athlete]. It’s different in boxing, you negotiate fight after fight, contracts and pay. My case in the UFC, for example, I fought seven times before [fighting for] the belt. I was making the same amount of money stated in my contract.”
Dos Santos hopes that the future for MMA fighters is safer and better pay for all involved. He believes the structure in boxing is a lot better than the one in MMA, but hopes that can change in the future.
“There’s nothing helping athletes,” Dos Santos said. “Legally, we have no structure in MMA like boxing has with this law. … That’s very important for fighter’s protection because right now things happen the way [MMA promoters] want. They do as they will. If it worked, great. If not, they kick you out, they move you aside, lower your pay, do this or that. I think it would be very important if they would finally bring the Ali Act to MMA and make it all more clear and protect fighters more, with better contracts and a foundation to defend the athletes.”
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Looking ahead to his next obstacle, Curtis Blaydes had one regret after UFC 266 when he was fighting Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The two heavyweights met on the marquee pay-per-view last weekend and were the second fight on the main card. Prior to his UFC 266 match-up, Blaydes recently suffered a painful setback to Houston’s Derrick Lewis […]
Looking ahead to his next obstacle, Curtis Blaydes had one regret after UFC 266 when he was fighting Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
The two heavyweights met on the marquee pay-per-view last weekend and were the second fight on the main card. Prior to his UFC 266 match-up, Blaydes recently suffered a painful setback to Houston’s Derrick Lewis when the two met back in late February.
Prior to his knockout loss to “The Black Beast,” Blaydes was running through the heavyweight division. Following the unfavorable results, the American still believes he would beat Lewis 9 out of 10 times despite the knockout. The 30-year-old was on a four-fight winning streak before meeting Lewis. With a renewed desire to get his hand raised, the wrestling-centric heavyweight stuck to the game plan and nullified “Bigi Boy” for the vast majority of their contest.
Discussing his performance on social media, Curtis Blaydes revealed that he had regrets for not pursuing the finish further at UFC 266 against Rozenstruik.
“Not every fight is gonna be fireworks, sometimes you’ve gotta take what your opponent gives you and make the smart descions. I’m happy with the W but Myself and my team know what I’m capable of and I should’ve found a finish in that 3rd round. We’ll get back to work soon and begin ironing out the kinks and be ready for the next obstacle. #ufc #razorblaydes #heavyweight #backinthewinnerscircle” Blaydes posted.
The heavyweight admits he should have gone after the finish more aggressively in the third round. However, during the contest, the right eye of Blaydes began to swell shut which made it even more difficult to mount a powerful offense.
Following his win against the Suriname native, Blaydes proceeded with a few different names to call out. In his post-fight interview, “Razor” took aim at the winner/loser of the potential fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, and also named Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones as possible opponents.
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Next up, we have a heavyweight matchup between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Curtis Blaydes. Rozenstruik is coming off a fantastic knockout over Augusto Sakai. The only two losses of his career are from Francis Ngannu and Ciryl Gane. On the other side, Curtis Blaydes is coming off a devastating KO loss on behalf of a Derrick […]
Next up, we have a heavyweight matchup between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Curtis Blaydes.
Rozenstruik is coming off a fantastic knockout over Augusto Sakai. The only two losses of his career are from Francis Ngannu and Ciryl Gane. On the other side, Curtis Blaydes is coming off a devastating KO loss on behalf of a Derrick Lewis uppercut.
Round 1: The two big heavyweights start off in the middle. Rozenstruik hits a clean combo to start it off. Blaydes is trying to establish his jab early. Blaydes shoots and trips Rozenstruik off the cage. He works in side control and lands a few short elbows. Rozenstruik hits a few elbows of his own off the bottom. Blaydes lands a few knees to Rozenstruik’s side. Blaydes gets a few right hands in and takes Rozenstruik back. Blaydes hits 3 rights in a row. Rozenstruik gets back up against the cage by controlling Blaydes’s wrist. Blaydes continues to switch stances and work leg kicks. Rozenstruik hits a few body strikes with a left and a right. Blaydes continues to work off his jab from both stances. Rozenstruik tries closing the distance but is struggling to reach Blaydes with a powerful punch.
Round 2: The two fighters start in the middle again. Rozenstruik hits a left-right combo on Blaydes. Blaydes continues to work the jab. Boos rain down as the two eyes each other up in the middle of the octagon. Blaydes lands a leg kick and Rozenstruik answers back with a left. Blaydes hit a left straight that gets Rozenstruik attention a bit. There is mutual respect from the two fighters as they are tentative to push too fast in fear of getting caught. Rozenstruik lands a huge flying knee with a left hand behind it. Blaydes scores a takedown to retaliate and passes into half guard. Blaydes hits Rozenstruik with a few body shots while his forearm is driven into Rozenstruik’s neck. Blaydes finishes the round in half guard. Blaydes eye is swollen completely shut from the knee.
Round 3: The third round starts off with another stalemate of mutual respect. Both fighters are working their jab. Blaydes from southpaw Rozenstruik from an orthodox stance. Blaydes hits a nice counter left hook after Rozenstruik tried a right hook and missed. Blaydes continues to work the leg kick and scores another takedown. Blaydes is working landing strikes from the full guard of Rozenstruik. Rozenstruik had a quick second to get up but didn’t take advantage. Blaydes advances to half guard. Blaydes then lands a few short left elbows on the side of Rozenstruik’s head. Blaydes has over 5 minutes of control time with 1 minute left to go in the round. Blaydes continues to work in the half guard and the horn sounds.
Official Result:Curtis Blaydes def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik via unanimous decision (30-27 X3)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik has discussed possible showdowns with Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic. Rozenstruik has been rising up the heavyweight ranks. While he suffered setbacks against Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, Rozenstruik is barely out of the top five UFC heavyweight rankings. He sits at the number six spot. Rozenstruik will be meeting number four-ranked Curtis […]
Jairzinho Rozenstruik has discussed possible showdowns with Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic.
Rozenstruik has been rising up the heavyweight ranks. While he suffered setbacks against Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, Rozenstruik is barely out of the top five UFC heavyweight rankings. He sits at the number six spot.
Speaking to our own James Lynch, Rozenstruik said he isn’t worried about the renowned grappling of Blaydes.
“I’m gonna go in there and work it. That’s it. I’m gonna see where Curtis wanna go. He knows I’m a striker. I know he’s gonna try to strike with me. I know he wanna wrestle me. And I’ll be prepared for all of that. I’m not scared to wrestle. And yeah, for me, it’s awesome. And it’s gonna be with the fans again, and the whole picture is there, and the hype is there. So I’m really excited. Can’t wait.”
When asked if a victory gets him into title contention, Rozenstruik said the following.
“Correct. I wanna win this fight (and) get back into title contention in line. And yeah, if I need one more fight for the title, it’s fair for me. And I really want one more fight for this year after this one, so I’m gonna work on that.”
A win at UFC 266 could lead to big things for “Bigi Boy.” Among them could be collisions with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and former UFC Heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic. Rozenstruick touched on those possible matchups.
“For me, I need to get my experience there. I need to fight more so I can push myself forward and see where I am. So if one of those guys are available, I’m there.”
Jones won’t be getting back inside the Octagon until 2022. As for Miocic, time will tell when he can return to action. One thing we do know is that the two won’t be short on potential opponents and Rozenstruik hopes to be on that list.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik is hoping he’ll get the chance to compete on the undercard of Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane’s eagerly anticipated heavyweight unification fight. ‘The Predator’ established himself as the best heavyweight in MMA earlier this year when he took out Stipe Miocic inside two rounds. Ngannou was supposed to defend his belt against Derrick […]
Jairzinho Rozenstruik is hoping he’ll get the chance to compete on the undercard of Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane’s eagerly anticipated heavyweight unification fight.
‘The Predator’ established himself as the best heavyweight in MMA earlier this year when he took out Stipe Miocic inside two rounds. Ngannou was supposed to defend his belt against Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 but was unable to make the August 7 date and as a result, an interim bout between ‘The Black Beast’ and Gane was booked. The Frenchman emerged victorious in dominant fashion to set up a unification clash with his former teammate, Ngannou.
Rozenstruik is working his way back into title contention after suffering defeats to Ngannou and Gane. ‘Bigi Boy’ is scheduled to fight Curtis Blaydes on September 25 and wants his next fight after that to be on the same card the UFC plan to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.
“What I heard is that Francis had some contract problems,” Rozenstruik told LowKickMMA when asked if introducing an interim belt at heavyweight was the right call. “It’s not my problem. So, I’m just gonna say what I think. To make the heavyweight division move on, the interim title was necessary.
“The UFC do what is necessary to keep the division moving on and keep it alive. So, I think it’s fine,” Rozenstruik added. “Ciryl is the interim champion now, he’s going to fight Francis. If they fight December, I hope I’m on that card and winning that fight for myself right there for a title shot.
Rozenstruik expects his former opponents to put on a great show whenever they do fight but he really isn’t bothered who wins, he just wants a shot at whoever does.
“It’s going to be exciting, but I don’t give a damn who wins. I need a piece of both of them, so let’s go make it happen,” Rozenstruik said. “I hope I’ll be on that card winning that fight that I have on that card and being in line for the title shot.”
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