Another fight on UFC 249, April the 18th where will meet two heavyweight contenders: Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik. This is a fight where everything is predicting a knockout without any questions. Read our thoughts about this interesting and exciting MMA fight Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik here below.
The 33-year-old heavyweight is a top pick at bookmakers to end the year with the UFC heavyweight champion. To do this, Francis Ngannou needs to go through Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and then take revenge against Stipe Miocic, whom he lost two years ago. After that failure, Francis lost to Derrick Lewis, but then he got together, having drawn up a win streak of three knockouts (Curtis Blades, Kane Velazquez and Junior Dos Santos) and now he is back on track.
Ngannou is a real nightmare for any heavyweight: big, powerful and pounds heavily. The history of MMA does not know a stronger puncher than Francis. African literally blows rivals with a single punch in any of rounds. However, Cameroonian has not yet become a champion, and this is not an accident, because he has two serious problems – stamina and grappling. But even with these lacks of his skills, he has a chance to win the UFC title and to be favourite in every single fight.
The 31-year-old Surinamese is also one of the most frightening punchers of MMA, but still can’t be compared with Nganou in striking power. Jairzinho can offer good boxing skills and accurate counterattacking work, but that is it. Jairzinho does not have the same anthropometry as Ngannou, but the heavyweight is quite large and powerful. For about seven years, Rozenstruik k performed in professional kickboxing, where he reached a record of 76-8-1 (64 KOs). Impressive stats of knockouts from Jairzinho continued in MMA – 9 early victories in 10 battles.