Motivated Jairzinho Rozenstruik stresses patience

LAS VEGAS — Punching power in battle sports resembles crowning achievement power in baseball. If a group has gamers with the capability to strike the ball out of the park up and down its lineup, no lead is safe nor is any video game genuinely over up until 27 outs are tape-recorded.

Fighters who have the capability to end a battle with a single punch are also constantly in a bout, no matter the one-sided nature.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik has actually been on both sides of that. His power amounts to practically anybody in business. Maybe the only fighter in the UFC who strikes more difficult than he does, Francis Ngannou, completed him in 20 seconds at UFC 249 on May 9 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rozenstruik differed from practically every other Ngannou challenger because he didn’t dance away or try to reduce the effects of Ngannou’s power in any method. He wanted to fulfill power with power and paid the rate when among Ngannou’s wild swings struck him in the head.

“In every fight you have a plan,” Rozenstruik stated. “The thing is, you have to bring the fight where you want to bring it and don’t let your opponent decide where it’s going to go.”

Both Rozenstruik and Ngannou desired a stand-up fight which’s what it ended up being. It was likely a case of the very first guy landing sturdily winning.

The UFC has actually been feeding Rozenstruik a diet plan of strikers, with his last 3 challengers being Alistair Overeem, Ngannou and Junior dos Santos. On Saturday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+), he’ll get another when he satisfies unbeaten Ciryl Gane in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 20 at Pinnacle.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 15: Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname reacts after his knockout victory over Junior Dos Santos of Brazil in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname responds after his knockout success over Junior Dos Santos of Brazil in their heavyweight bout throughout the UFC 252 occasion at UFC PINNACLE on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Image by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Gane, who is a -275 preferred over Rozenstruik at BetMGM, is yet another top-level striker. He’s 7-0 in his quick Mixed Martial Arts profession and originates from the very same health club, Paris’ The Mixed Martial Arts Factory, that produced Ngannou.

He’s one of the couple of men substantially larger than Rozenstruik, too. Rozenstruik understands it’s not going to be simple, however when you struck the leading 5 in your department in the UFC, absolutely nothing is going to be simple anymore.

The secret is attempting to make it look simple by landing among his haymakers and sending out everybody house early, and delighted.

“I have to respect his work and what he’s done,” Rozenstruik stated. “I’m taking him very seriously even though [I am more experienced]. I take him extremely seriously. You have to. But I’m ready for it.”

Rozenstruik in fact dropped an area in the rankings today, going from 3 to 4, after Derrick Lewis leapfrogged him following his KO of Curtis Blaydes at Pinnacle.

All of a sudden, the top of the department is extremely crowded. Champ Stipe Miocic will safeguard the belt versus Ngannou on March 27 at UFC 260. Previous light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will battle the winner, most likely in the summer season.

That leaves Lewis and the Rozenstruik-Gane winner on the outdoors, awaiting the opportunity at the title.

For Rozenstruik, however, it’s no issue.

“I am a guy who needs to stay active and fight, fight, fight,” he stated. “If Jon Jones is next, that’s not bad for me. I think it’s actually good for me in a way because I’ll get a chance to get a couple of fights in while I wait [for the title shot].

“The more fights I get, the readier I will be when that time comes, so I am not worried about Jon Jones or anything else. The only thing on my mind is [Gane] and getting better each time I am in there. Nothing else really matters.”

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