Jairzinho Rozenstruik doesn’t expect ‘long fight’ at UFC Vegas 56

Two top ten contenders go head-to-head to climb the UFC heavyweight ladder.

The UFC heavyweight division is in a precarious position as the current champion. Franz Ngannou is offside. That doesn’t mean the rest of the group isn’t doing the work of finding their place, of being the man who will welcome him back when he comes back. Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov face off at UFC Vegas 56 in a match that will help shape the future of the division.

Volkov and Rozenstruik come into this fight in seventh and eighth place respectively. It’s important to be in the top ten and Rozenstruik is paying close attention to that going into this fight.

“This is an important event, it is a great opportunity,” Rozenstruik said during the media day interviews. “I just have to win”

Rozenstruik is right that this is an opportunity when he needs it. Rozenstruik has traded profits and losses In the last two years he lost fights against Ngannou, Ciryl Gane and Curtis Blaydes while defeating Augusto Sakai and Junior dos Santos. Not only has Rozenstruik recently lost to top contenders, but he has struggled with fight cancellations throughout the year.

“I have to be honest, it was a tough six months in 2022,” said Rozenstruik. “[Fight cancellations] gave me more time to prepare for what’s to come. That gives me a good chance to prepare better.”

Alexander Volkov wants to belong to the “elite” in the heavyweight division

Volkov also needs a big win. He last appeared in March when he was defeated by Tom Aspinall fall onto a straight armbar in the first round.

“I was surprised because we know him as a tough guy,” said Rozenstruik. “But it happened so quickly and was very surprising.”

Volkov has been a top heavyweight contender for most of his run in the UFC, but he’s 4-4 in his last eight fights. Rozenstruik is looking forward to this fight but doesn’t expect it to last long.

“I don’t think he will try to hit and help me,” said Rozenstruik. “I think he’s going to try to trip me up. I don’t think it will be a long fight.”

UFC Vegas 56: Alexander Volkov vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik takes place live from UFC APEX on Saturday, June 4, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV. Follow FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.

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