UFC 249: Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik Full Fight UFC 249

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Phil Mackenzie: There is every reason to assume that this fight will be atrocious. Ngannou has almost never initiated exchanges in his UFC career, and Rozenstruik has been a reasonably cautious fighter who tries not to get out past his feet. So we likely get a lot of pawing and waiting at range. Should that happen, Rozenstruik actually has a jab, he’s composed enough not to panic into wild swings like Overeem or JDS, and he can probably open exchanges by kicking Ngannou’s wide lead leg as well. Ngannou matches up better with many other fighters in the UFC than Bigi Boi does (I would pick Blaydes over Rozenstruik without a second thought) but this feels slightly reminiscent of Hunt vs Lewis, where it was revealed just how much the fear of Lewis’ power was necessary to make his opponents go off the rails: a straightforward, experienced kickboxer cracked his game open like an oyster. I think this will be more boring, obviously. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by unanimous decision.

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