Rozenstruik v Dos Santos odds:
UFC 252 is a feast of heavyweight action, with contenders Junior Dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik clashing before champion Stipe Miocic defends his belt in a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier.
Dos Santos is one of the heavyweight division’s longest-serving fighters, with the Brazilian having been part of the UFC since 2008, compiling a 15-6 record in the Octagon since his debut.
The former champion is set for his second fight of 2020, with his KO loss to Curtis Blaydes in January representing his second straight defeat.
‘Cigano’ doesn’t have age on his side anymore, and the 36-year-old comes into Saturday’s bout as a slight underdog.
His opponent, Suriname native Rozenstruik, is also coming off a defeat – his 20-second KO by Francis Ngannou was the first loss of his career, with his record now standing at 10-1.
He comes into this fight as favourite thanks to an explosive start to his UFC career, which saw him finish Junior Albini, Allen Crowder, Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem in quick succession.
Rozenstruik v Dos Santos prediction:
This is a really tough one to pick, with the experience of Dos Santos coming up against the power of relative UFC newcomer Rozenstruik.
It would be foolish to write Dos Santos off, given that he followed up previous losses to Cain Velazquez, Overeem and Miocic with big comeback victories.
His resume is one of the best in the whole promotion – he holds wins over Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Cro Cop, Velazquez, Miocic, Ben Rothwell, Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis.
It is, however, hard to ignore his two successive KO losses to Blaydes and Ngannou, with Rozenstruik being a very similar prospect to both.
The 32-year-old holds devastating power in both hands, with nine of his 10 professional wins coming by KO, and backing him to rebound from his first loss looks to be a good bet here.
He has four years on his opponent, and has taken far less damage over the course of his much shorter career.
He is vulnerable to being finished himself – as Ngannou proved – but Dos Santos simply doesn’t pose the same kind of threat on the feet anymore.
The Brazilian would hold a significant advantage on the mat, but just one submission win in his entire career shows that he is very rarely willing to go down that route.
Rozenstruik to win by KO, TKO or disqualification
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