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UFC Vegas 28: Jairzinho Rozenstruik lands late first-round TKO of Augusto Sakai

Jairzinho Rozenstruik earned a late first-round stoppage of Augusto Sakai in the main event of UFC Vegas 28 Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

There was a not a lot of action in the fight, as both fighters were careful, but Sakai was moving backwards due to the pressure of Rozenstruik. “Bigi Boi” finally connected late with a two-punch combo that floored Sakai. Referee Herb Dean called the bout at 4:59.

The win returns Rozenstruik (12-2-0) back to the win column and removes the disappointment of his previous bout against Ciryl Kane. The Surinamese native said in the post-fight interview that he is not injured and would like to fight again in two or three months against a top-5 opponent.

Sakai now has a two-fight losing skid.

 

Santiago Ponzinibbio and Miguel Baeza earned Fight of the Night, while Marcin Tybura and Rozenstruik earned 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.

CLAUDIO PUELLES DEF. JORDAN LEAVITT VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

SEAN WOODSON DEF. YOUSSEF ZALAL VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

MANON FIOROT DEF. TABATHA RICCI VIA TKO (PUNCH) R2 3:00

MASON JONES VS. ALAN PATRICK  NO-CONTEST (ACCIDENTAL EYE-POKE) R2 2:14

KAMUELA KIRK DEF. MAKWAN AMIRKHANI VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

MUSLIM SALIKHOV DEF. FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ILIR LATIFI DEF. TANNER BOSER VIA SD (29-28, 27-29, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

MONTANA DE LA ROSA VS. ARIANE LIPSKI

WINNER: MONTANA DE LA ROSA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:27

Andrews: Congrats to De La Rosa for having the second-most finishes in the flyweight division (4, tied with Valentina Shevchenko). Just behind Gillian Robertson with five.

DUSKO TODOROVIC VS. GREGORY RODRIGUES 

WINNER: GREGORY RODRIGUES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DUSKO TODOROVIC VIA TKO

Andrews:  Disappointed in the performance of Dusko. You can’t let a man with no octagon experience control you like that.

SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VS. MIGUEL BAEZA 

WINNER: SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! That was a great fight. Hats off to both fighters.

ROMAN DOLIDZE VS. LAUREANO STAROPOLI 

WINNER: ROMAN DOLIDZE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROMAN DOLIDZE VIA TKO

Andrews: Dolidze controlled the bout, but wasn’t able to get the finish.

#8 WALT HARRIS VS. #11 MARCIN TYBURA 

WINNER: MARCIN TYBURA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:06

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARCIN TYBURA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: More hard luck for Harris. Credit to Tybura to overcoming the early trouble and pounding out Harris on the ground.

MAIN EVENT

#6 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK VS. #9 AUGUSTO SAKAI 

WINNER: JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AUGUSTO SAKAI VIA UD 

Andrews: Sakai was back-pedalling and Rozenstruik finally caught him. He did learn from his last fight.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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