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What’s next Jairzinho Rozenstruik after his decision loss to Ciryl at UFC Fight Night 186? MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn examines his future in this edition of “Mick Maynard’s Shoes.”
MIKE BOHN: Jairzinho Rozenstruik is going to face a whole lot of criticism coming off the heels of his loss to Cyril Gane, in the UFC Fight Night 186 headliner. Just a not strong showing from Rozenstruik in such a big spot, a big moment in his career. Only 42 significant strikes landed over the course of this 25 minutes, and a decisive defeat on the scorecards. And now, there is some worry about whether these type of fights are potentially going to become a pattern. Rozenstruik's career, of course.
We remember what happened against Alistair Overeem, a eerily similar fight, but in that one, Rozenstruik was able to land a huge shot at the very end near the final buzzer, and get the knockout, and wash away a lot of those memories, at how forgettable that fight was. But for this one, he was not able to get that big shot going, and seemed much more gun shy to even attempt with it. Fortunately for Rozenstruik, and the heavyweight division-- not the deepest of weight classes, and he still finds himself highly ranked in this division. That means a win, possibly two, and he's right back in the talk of a title eliminator, potentially another main event.
If I was him, I would look around who's the top ranked available contender is that would be most likely to fight, and I think that man is Alexander Volkov. Of course, a lot going on this division, we have a title fight between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou coming up. Jon Jones waiting in the wings, Derrick Lewis is there, and now Cyril Gane as well.
So for Rozenstruik, if he wants to put himself back in that conversation, I think he looks at Volkov, who is seemingly a little bit of the odd man out in terms of those very, very big fights in this division. If he could get another win over Rozenstruik, that would very much put him in the title conversation. For Rozenstruik, it would get him right back where he needs to be, coming off this disappointing loss to Gane, at UFC Fight Night 186.