Preview and prediction for Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Augusto Sakai at UFC Vegas 28.
Two UFC heavyweights in search of a giant rebound will do battle in the principle occasion of UFC Vegas 28, as Jairzinho Rozenstruik, at present No. 6 within the heavyweight rankings, faces No. 9 ranked Augusto Sakai.
A former kickboxer, Rozenstruik’s UFC run acquired off to a scorching begin with finishes of Junior Albini, Allen Crowder, Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem. He’d undergo his first defeat in MMA by the hands of present heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou at UFC 249, however Rozenstruik rebounded with a end of Junior dos Santos at UFC 252. Rozenstruik final fought at UFC Vegas 20 in February, shedding in fairly convincing, and disappointing, trend in a lackluster foremost occasion with Ciryl Gane.
Sakai, beforehand a veteran of Bellator, broke via into the UFC with a second-round end of Marcos Conrado on Dana White’s Contender Collection Brazil in 2018. Sakai’s UFC run kicked off with 4 wins, together with two finishes, that noticed him defeat Chase Sherman, Arlovski, Marcin Tybura and Blagoy Ivanov. Sakai final fought in September at UFC Vegas 9, getting completed by Overeem.
Who will win at UFC Vegas 28: Jairzinho Rozenstruik or Augusto Sakai?
Rozenstruik will come into this battle with an inch edge in each peak and attain, per the Story of the Tape. In accordance with FightMetrics, Sakai’s strikes landed per minute common is over two strikes increased than Rozenstruik, however each sport a 48 % placing accuracy. Sakai has taken slightly extra harm than Rozenstruik, however Sakai’s placing protection remains to be higher.
Neither man has quite a lot of takedown numbers, however don’t fear about that, as a result of that is going to be a battle the place the 2 will attempt to commerce till somebody goes out.
Sakai’s placing protection is perhaps higher by the numbers, however is that basically going to be sufficient to cease the youthful kickboxer? Rozenstruik is perhaps defensive at occasions, but when Rozenstruik can’t end Sakai immediately, Sakai is actually not going to have the ability to crack Rozenstruik’s chin.
There must also be questions surrounding the cardio of Sakai. When he went the gap in three-round fights, he got here away with wins solely by break up resolution. And Overeem managed to exhaust him to a fifth-round end. And Rozenstruik is simply as harmful of a fighter, if no more, than Overeem.
Rozenstruik has additionally competed with and crushed a few of the finest heavyweights this sport has needed to supply. Sakai, in the meantime, remains to be trying to find that one huge win — he had an opportunity in opposition to Overeem and couldn’t get it. And it actually shouldn’t be anticipated to return in opposition to Rozenstruik both.
Prediction: Rozenstruik by way of second-round KO/TKO
UFC Vegas 28 takes place on Saturday, June 5, 2021, dwell from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Comply with together with FanSided who’s on web site all week for all of your dwell information and highlights.