Jairzinho Rozenstruik

UFC on ESPN 7: Jairzinho Rozenstruik capitalizes late to finish Alistair Overeem

Magical 2019 run continues for "Bigi Boy"

Surinamese heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0-0) continued his magical run in 2019 by taking advantage of late lapse in the defence of Alistair Overeem (45-18-0, 1NC) in the main event of UFC on ESPN 7 Saturday in Washington D.C.

Rozenstruik, 30, won his fourth consecutive bout this year, but this time he took down an all-time great in the No. 6 Overeem.

Early on though, it was the 39 year old Overeem playing keep away with strikes, while clinching if Rozenstruik got too close within his range. The “Demolition Man” didn’t land a lot of key shots, but scored some good overhand lefts along with some ground-and-pound at the end of the third round.

But Rozenstruik hung tough.

The third and fourth rounds were where Rozenstruik started inflicting some good damage. And then in the final round, a big overhand right stopped Overeem just four seconds from the final horn. Overeem suffered a torn lip from the shot.

The win is sure to leapfrog the No. 14 Rozenstruik in the rankings. Meanwhile, Overeem had his two fight win streak stopped.

Rob Font and Ricky Simon earned Fight of the Night, while Bryce Mitchell and Makhmud Muradov took home performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

MAKHMUD MURADOV DEF. TREVOR SMITH VIA KO (PUNCH) R3 4:09

VIRNA JANDIROBA DEF. MALLORY MARTIN VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 1:16

JOE SOLECKI DEF. MATT WIMAN VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

BRYCE MITCHELL DEF. MATT SAYLES VIA SUBMISSION (TWISTER) R1 4:20

BILLY QUARANTILLO DEF. JACOB KILBURN VIA SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 3:18

TIM MEANS DEF. THIAGO ALVES VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 2:38

MAIN CARD

ROB FONT VS. RICKY SIMON 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1203502508804464640?s=20

 

WINNER: ROB FONT VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROB FONT VIA UD

Andrews: Font got up off the deck and went to work as he needed to. Good win.

#9 CODY STAMANN VS. #13 YADONG SONG 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1203512834564358144?s=20

 

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: YADONG SONG VIA UD

Andrews: Song was lucky as the point reduction from his illegal knee still allowed him to get the draw. Stamann was cooking late.

#5 ASPEN LADD VS. #7 YANA KUNITSKAYA 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1203520423322763265?s=20

 

WINNER: ASPEN LADD VIA TKO R3 0:33

ANDREWS PREDICTION: YANA KUNITSKAYA VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! Ladd went and got it, refused to be kept on the outside Great win.

STEFAN STRUVE VS. BEN ROTHWELL

 

WINNER: BEN ROTHWELL VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:56

ANDREWS PREDICTIONS: STEFAN STRUVE VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Good win for Rothwell. Struve needs to hang them up again. Actually, both of them need to retire.

#9 MARINA RODRIGUEZ VS. #10 CYNTHIA CALVILLO 

 

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARINA RODRIGUEZ VIA UD 

Andrews: Rodriguez scored with her striking the first two rounds and let Calvillo steal the draw in the third round.

MAIN EVENT 

#6 ALISTAIR OVEREEM VS. #14 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK 

 

WINNER: JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:56

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALISTAIR OVEREEM VIA TKO

Andrews: All hail Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

@kenaiandrews

UFC on ESPN 7: Jairzinho Rozenstruik capitalizes late to finish Alistair Overeem
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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