“Knock his head off”: Jairzinho Rozenstruik drops brutal warning to Jailton Almeida ahead of bout at UFC Charlotte

Jailton Almeida’s upcoming opponent, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, understands what his adversary is currently going through as he has been in a similar position before.

The Surinamese kickboxer made his UFC debut in February 2019, where he defeated Junior Albini via a second-round knockout. Rozenstruik’s next two fights were also quick KOs against Allen Crowder and Andrei Arlovski.

Which caught the attention of the heavyweight division. He then went on to his first main event fight against Alistair Overeem, where he narrowly won by a walk-off knockout in the final seconds, securing his undefeated 10-0 record.

Filled with confidence and ready to enter the title contention, he was flying high until he faced Francis Ngannou, which marked the beginning of three years of struggles for the up-and-coming talent.

During that time, Jairzinho, now a Top 10 fighter, posted a 3-4 record while adjusting to life among the division’s best fighters. However, he ended last year on a high note, breaking a two-fight losing streak with a first-round knockout victory over Chris Daukaus.

“He’s talented — he has what it takes to be a fighter, to be a champion,” he said in regards to Almeida, who has suggested he’ll make quick work of Rozenstruik this weekend. “But to be honest, it’s gonna be the first time you see him against a guy that can knock his head off.

“I’m gonna be in his face, punching his face, every time that I can, so it’s gonna be a different fight from the others.”

Jairzinho Rozenstruik is ready to finish his fight quickly

While Rozenstruik’s UFC record had been decent, with six stoppage wins and all of his losses coming against high-level fighters prior to his most recent bout, he had gone over a year without a victory.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Moreover, his last win over Augusto Sakai took nearly five full minutes to secure. As a result, the hard-hitting heavyweight was pleased to get back to finishing fights quickly, as he did with a first-round knockout in December.

When asked, he acknowledged that he had personal problems before the fight, but chose not to elaborate on them. He revealed that securing another quick victory helped to resolve these problems and put him back on the right track.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Jailton Almeida earned his spot in the main event after going undefeated in his first four UFC fights, with four finishes in a row. Like Rozenstruik before his fight with Ngannou, Almeida’s opponents weren’t as experienced or dangerous as his upcoming opponent, Overeem.

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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