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UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane Main Event Picks and Betting Odds

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UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane Main Event Picks and Betting Odds
Ciryl Gane. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining heavyweight fight between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane. Here’s a complete preview, including updated UFC odds and our betting pick.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane

UFC Heavyweight Bout – Main Event

Saturday, February 27, 2021 – 10:00 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas

In the main event of the evening, Jairzinho Rozenstruik faces Ciryl Gane. UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A limited number of fans will be in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.

Jair Rozenstruik (R) of Suriname kicks Francis Ngannou (L) of Cameroon during UFC 249. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Jairzinho Rozenstruik is a problem for anyone that has the balls to get in the cage with him. The Surinamese fighter began training in kickboxing at age 17 and he turned pro shortly after. Rozenstruik found success immediately and while has just 12 professional MMA fights, he has seen and done it all as a kickboxer, with 76 wins (64 via stoppage) in 84 fights.

"Bigi Boy" made his MMA debut in 2012, looking to dominate the scene and he went 6-0 in various regional promotions before the UFC noticed and signed him to a multi-fight contract. Rozenstruik beat Junior Albini via TKO in his debut with the promotion at UFC Fight Night 144 on February 2nd, 2019 and he's 5-1 since. Rozenstruik's five UFC wins were via knockout and he’s finished three of his opponents in less than one minute. In his last fight, he stopped former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in the second round at UFC 252 on August 15th.

  • Born: March 17th, 1988
  • Age: 32
  • Country: Suriname
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 248 lbs
  • Reach: 78″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Sanford MMA
  • Class: Heavyweight
  • Record: 11-1

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
10 wins by KO/TKO4.04 Landed0% Accuracy
0 wins by Submission3.10 Absorbed75% Defended
1 win by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • KO power almost like nothing we’ve seen before
  • Unmatched kickboxing skills
  • His counter work remains his best area

Octagon Weaknesses

  • His grappling inexperience

Ciryl Gane. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)

Ciryl Gane

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Ciryl Gane has a small professional MMA record of 7-0 (4-0 in the UFC) but he's a familiar name for Muay Thai fans. A former champion in that discipline, the French went a perfect 7-0 in Muay Thai before transitioning into MMA and he's used to competing at the highest level throughout his career.

A former TKO heavyweight champion, Gane has six wins by either KO/TKO or submission in his career. Tanner Boser at UFC Fight Night 165 on December 21st, 2019 was the only person able to take Gane to the judge's scorecards. Gane last fought at UFC 256 on December 12th, stopping former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in the second round.

  • Born: May 6th, 1990
  • Age: 30
  • Country: France
  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 248 lbs
  • Reach: 81″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: MMA Factory
  • Class: Heavyweight
  • Record: 7-0

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
3 wins by KO/TKO5.61 Landed60% Accuracy
3 wins by Submission1.95 Absorbed100% Defended
1 win by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Devastating kicking and punching power
  • Undefeated as a professional in MMA and Muay Thai (14-0)
  • Former TKO heavyweight champion
  • Four-fight UFC experience

Octagon Weaknesses

  • None so far, but this will be his first main event

Prediction

Rozenstruik is not afraid to get hit once to give back two. His counterpunching will be important in this fight. Gane has confidently pieced apart all his opponents, transitioning into MMA with style and it's hard to deny him the victory until he shows a weakness. Still, Rozenstruik can drop a perfect left hand on Gane's chin and end the fight at any time.

Don't sleep on Gane's ground game, three of his six career stoppages were via submission and he can surprise us on Saturday. This is his first five-round fight and as seen with Rozenstruik against Overeem, he can finish any fight late. This should be a fun fight but I doubt it goes the distance.

My Pick: Fight starts Round 3 (-150) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Fight starts Round 3(-150)
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