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UFC Vegas 28: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai Main Event Picks

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UFC Vegas 28: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai Main Event Picks
Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/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 Augusto Sakai. Here’s a complete preview, including updated betting odds and picks.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Augusto Sakai

Saturday, June 05, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas

Heavyweight Main Event Bout

UFC Vegas 28: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai 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 find some value for our UFC picks in this fight.

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 5-2 since. Rozenstruik's five UFC wins were via knockout and he's finished three of his opponents in less than one minute. He stopped former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in the second round at UFC 252 on August 15th and in his last fight, he lost a unanimous decision against Ciryl Gane at UFC Fight Night 186 on February 27th.

  • Born: March 17th, 1988
  • Age: 33
  • Country: Suriname
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 255 lbs
  • Reach: 78″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: American Top Team
  • Class: Heavyweight
  • Record: 11-2

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
10 wins by KO/TKO3.14 Landed0% Accuracy
0 wins by Submission3.48 Absorbed80% 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

Augusto Sakai

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Augusto Sakai is the grandson of Japanese immigrants to Brazil. He made his professional mixed martial arts debut in October 2011 and went 6-0 in the first two years of his career. Five of those six wins came via knockout. The name Sakai comes from his mother. Augusto's grandfather migrated from Japan to Brazil and worked in agriculture. He visited Japan in 2017, cornering teammate Rogerio Bontorin in an event called GRANDSLAM 6. His two older brothers live in Tokyo. "It was such an amazing experience to know my origins," Sakai, who works at an aquarium store between fights, told Sherdog.com.

"Actually, I started to train in the peak of Pride era and always dreamed of fighting in Japan. I don't like to pick opponents after my wins, but I would love to fight on the card the next time the UFC goes to Japan. No matter who the opponent is it would be a dream to me." Sakai won his first four fights in the UFC, including a split decision victory against Blagoy Ivanov at UFC on ESPN 9 on May 30th, 2020. In his last fight, Alistair Overeem stopped him in the fifth round at UFC Fight Night 176 on September 5th.

  • Born: May 19th, 1991
  • Age: 30
  • Country: Brazil
  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 260 lbs
  • Reach: 77″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Gile Ribeiro Team / Noguchi Team
  • Class: Heavyweight
  • Record: 15-2-1

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
11 wins by KO/TKO5.32 Landed50% Accuracy
0 wins by Submission4.02 Absorbed66% Defended
4 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Good striker
  • Has knockout potential
  • His skillset continues to evolve

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Is coming off a TKO loss against Alistair Overeem

Prediction

I like the Over in this fight. Both fighters have power but they tend to operate at a slow pace. I can't see them rushing their game plans, which will be based on their striking. Sakai tends to walk into his opponent's punches but Rozenstruik is a calm fighter… The fight will likely play out like Rozenstruik-Gane. The one path to victory for Sakai is with his wrestling offense but it has been almost non-existent so far. He has to pressure Rozenstruik somehow but if he relies just on that then he can end up on the wrong side of a knockout and kill the Over. I will also make a small bet on Rozenstruik because of his kickboxing experience. His low kicks and his heavy hands will be the difference.

UFC Picks: Jairzinho Rozenstruik -116 and Over 1.5 Rounds (-205) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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