This month started very well for 33-year-old Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-2, 6-2 UFC). He came away with his sixth UFC win by a sixth knockout, after defeating August Sakai in the main fight of Fight night they led. Shortly after the fight, he was asked who he would like to fight, and then he said anyone ranked ahead of him.
However, after that, he put one name in the foreground. It was: Curtis Blaydes. "Yes, that's the name I want, and he's been looking for this match for a long time. If he still wants it and if he's ready, then let's go.
He's ranked better than me (4th), and I'm looking for someone to bring me back to TOP 3, someone through whom I will re-enter the combinations to attack the title." "If that fight can lead me to that - I'm interested, "said Surinamese, and it seems that the UFC matchmakers listened carefully.
According to elite martial arts sites, that fight was offered to both of them and they accepted it, and it should take place at the UFC 266 event. It is an event planned for September 25 with a fight for the light heavyweight title between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira at the head of the program.
The fight has not yet been officially confirmed, but it all leads to how it will happen in the coming days. It is a real conflict of styles, the striking one preferred by Rozenstruik and the wrestling one, for which Blaydes is very famous.
Rosenstruik's victory over Sakai came after a major disappointment in February. Then not only was he defeated by Cyril Gane, but he seemed completely powerless against the passive but effective tactics of the French heavyweight.
It was also the second defeat of his career after he was knocked out by Francis Ngannou about a year ago. The Blaydes from his currently last fight bear the heaviest defeat of his career. He entered the fight against Derrick Lewis as a big favorite, and the fight carried a big stake in the position of the heavyweight challenger.
Lewis knocked him out in the second round, inflicting his third career defeat. The first two were inflicted on him by the already mentioned current champion Ngannou, both times with his strongest weapon, a knockout. Victory in this fight will be imperative for him as well, although the task will not be easy at all