In our previous UFC event, we were at the UFC Apex for UFC Vegas 28 Rozenstruik vs. Sakai. I want to recap the three fights on the main card that resulted in a T/KO: Montana de la Rosa vs. Ariane Lipski, Walt Harris vs. Marcin Tybura, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Augusto Sakai.
UFC Women’s Flyweight: Montana De La Rosa vs. Ariane Lipski – Main Card
In this first fight to recap, we had a Women’s Flyweight bout in Montana De La Rosa vs. Ariane Lipski. This fight was originally scheduled to appear on the preliminary card, but due to a fight cancellation, they moved up to kick off the main card.
This fight started right off the bat with no glove tap, just De La Rosa with an immediate jab. The two exchanged back and forth until De La Rosa managed to get Lipski on the ground and sat in half guard, throwing knees. Lipski adjusted to recover guard and the exchange of elbows began. Lipski was on her back throwing heavy upward elbows to the point of cutting De La Rosa’s head, however, she countered back with her own brutal elbows and cut Lipski’s left eye. De La Rosa won the first round.
In the second round, Lipski started off strong and seemed to have hurt De La Rosa with an uppercut and elbow. But De La Rosa countered with a takedown and immediately put Lipski back on her back. She was hammering down strikes and really cut up Lipski, there was blood everywhere. De La Rosa was mounted on Lipski, throwing even more elbows and punches until Referee Keith Peterson stopped the fight at 4 minutes and 27 seconds into the second round.
Montana De La Rosa earned her first professional win by T/KO, adding some range in her record. She continues to prove how powerful her ground skills are. I’m excited to see what’s next for the American in the UFC. The UFC Odds for this fight were: Montana de la Rosa -275 and Ariane Lipski +220.
UFC Heavyweight: Walt Harris vs. Marcin Tybura – Co-Main
The co-main event was a brawl that ended well inside the distance. At first, both fighters were patient, reading eachother out. At one point, things looked great for Harris; he slammed Tybura with a spinning back fist that hurt him, tried to throw more punches and knees to finish the fight, but Tybura brought it into the clinch.
Many times it appeared Harris would hurt Tybura and have the chance to finish the fight, but could not follow through. Towards the end of the round, it appeared as if Tybura figured out what he had to do. Tybura managed to slam him onto the ground while blocking his kick; he managed side control, and got to the back of Harris.
Tybura was pounding down hard onto the back of Harris with his right hand. He could not break the position and could not defend himself. So, Tybura continued to pound down on Harris until Referee Mark Smith stopped the fight at 4 minutes and 6 seconds into the first round.
This is now Walt Harris’ third loss in a row, following the losses against Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov. In a post fight interview, Harris stated, “No excuses here…I stayed away from the game plan and it cost me.” We are unsure as to what’s next in store for both these fighters, but I would love to see a Harris rebound. The UFC Odds for this fight were: Walt Harris +150 and Marcin Tybura -185.
UFC Heavyweight: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Augusto Sakai – Main Event
In the main event of Rozenstruik vs. Sakai, my UFC Pick was Augusto Sakai +108 via BetOnline (Visit our BetOnline Review). My UFC Prediction included Sakai being able to have a strong enough chin, but I underestimated Rozenstruik. He had way too much power and really wanted to redeem himself.
This was honestly the best way to redeem yourself from a loss. It was a great fight where both men exchanged heavy hits and leg kicks, both eating each strike. The magical moment happened towards the end of the first round. Rozenstruik continued to brutalize Sakai’s leg. He managed a left hand that dazed Sakai and continued the pressure forward. He landed a right behind Sakai’s ear and dropped him to the ground. Rozenstruik went to finish him off, landing powerful strikes to Sakai’s face until Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight at 4 minutes and 59 seconds.
We’re all happy to see Bigi Boy with the redemption shot; he proved to still be one of the top heavyweights. Rozenstruik mentioned in an interview that he wanted to fight Curtis Blaydes next, which makes sense. Let’s hope to see this happen soon. The UFC Odds entering this fight were: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-125) and Augusto Sakai (+105).
Closing Remarks and What’s Next?
To wrap up UFC Vegas 28, there were many dog winners on this card. Let’s give them a shout out, do some more research on them, and look forward to their next bouts: Claudio Puelles (+170), Kamuela Kirk (+155), Ilir Latifi (+160), Gregory Rodrigues (+110), and Santiago Ponzinibbio (+100).
Up next, we have UFC 263: Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori 2 on Saturday, June 12th at the Gila River Arena in Arizona. There will be two title rematches beginning with the co-main, Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno, and the main event Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori.
The entire UFC 263 card is one to look forward to with fights between the legend Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards, Demian Maia vs. Belal Muhammad, Paul Craig vs. Jamahal Hill, and many more! Be sure to check out our UFC Picks and Predictions show on SBR’s YouTube page with David Manyun and our special guest – they share with you their top breakdowns and picks for the entire main card of UFC 263. Best of luck!