Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik – UFC 249 – This will be one of the most powerful fights on the night of May 9th.
Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik – UFC 249 –Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik are fighting in the heavyweight category, and everything suggests that this fight will decide the next opponent of Miocic for the title.
FRANCIS NGANNOU: THE QUEST FOR THE TITLE!
Francis Ngannou is currently considered one of the best heavyweight fighters and if he wins this fight, he might finally be in contention for the title. The 33-years old French fighter has been very dominant, winning his last 3 fights by knockout in the 1st round.
His aggressiveness is abyssal, with the longest of his latest victories lasting only 1:11. Ngannou surely wants to get his revenge against Miocic, after their previous fight in 2018, on a decision. Still in 2018, he was also defeated on a decision by the North American Derrick Lewis.
Of his 14 victories, 10 were by knockout and all of his 3 defeats were on the judges’ scorecards. Ngannou has a very powerful strike and although he doesn’t throw that many punches, each one of them can put an end to a fight.
The last two victories, against the former champions Cain Velasquez and Junior Cigano dos Santos have shown how aggressive, dynamic, quick and very effective the French fighter has been lately.
JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK: IMPECABLE SO FAR!
Although the bookmakers and some analysis consider Francis Ngannou as the big favourite, I don’t rule out a great performance from Rozenstruik. His UFC record is still very short, that’s true, but he is still immaculate, with 4 victories and 0 losses.
In fact, Jairzinho Rozenstruik hasn’t lost on his entire career yet, having a record of 10 victories, 9 of them by knockout. In the UFC, he knocked out all of his opponents and on the last fight he found some resistance, with Alistair Overeem’s chin only being put down in the 5th round.
Rozenstruik isn’t young, with 32 years of age. He had a long career as kickboxer, with 76 victories and 64 knockouts. He has been proving himself as a great striker, and although he is not as quick as Ngannou, he has a very powerful punch.
The fight against Overeem really showed that Rozenstruik can be resistant, since he was attacked for 5 rounds, and that can be his trump card, because he might be dominated during a couple of periods, even due to his different characteristics.
He is a good striker, but he is somewhat slow. He will have to finish the fight with his punching power before allowing Ngannou to punish him.
I consider Francis Ngannou the favourite here. However, I don’t like the odds that are being presented. These are two powerhouses, two fighters with a huge ability to put an end to a fight with a single punch, and that can’t be disregarded.
Ngannou is taller, has a bigger wingspan, is more agile and should take the initiative of the fight. Rozenstruik should repeat the approach he had against Overeem, trading punches, trying to maintain a strong chin and knock out the French with a surgical strike.
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Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik – UFC 249 – Betting Tips: :
Ngannou seems to be better on the ground but I believe that the fight will be spent standing up most of the time.
I don’t believe that it will go to the judges’ scorecards, giving the favouritism to Francis, but I don’t like the odds for him to win on such a dangerous fight like this one.
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