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Paramaribo, Suriname’s Jairzinho Rozenstruik to fight Alistair Overeem at ‘UFC on ESPN 7’ in Washington, D.C.

Alistair Overeem, Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Fighting out of Paramaribo, Suriname, Jairzinho “Bigi Boy” Rozenstruik, 31, is one of the 26 mixed martial arts on the “UFC on ESPN 7” fight card. It marks the undefeated Surinamese mixed martial artist’s fourth bout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 13 MMA bouts, the UFC will hold “UFC on ESPN 7” at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., United States on December 7, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Rozenstruik will compete in the heavyweight division against Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Born in Paramaribo on March 17, 1988, Rozenstruik was the first ever Surinamese MMA fighter to compete in the UFC. The first three opponents he defeated in the promotion were Junior “Baby” Albini, 28, of Paranagua, Parana, Brazil, Allen “Pretty Boy” Crowder, 29, of Mebane, North Carolina, USA and Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski, 40, of Minsk, Belarus.

As a kickboxer, Rozenstruik has been competing professionally since 2009. He made his professional MMA debut in 2012.

A three-time SLAMM Soema Na Basi world champion, WLF world champion and DANGERZONE world championship kickboxing champion, Rozenstruik made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 14” at the Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil on February 2, 2019. He knocked out Albini via head kick and punches in the second round.

On June 22, 2019, Rozenstruik knocked out Crowder via punches in the first round at “UFC Fight Night 154” at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, USA on June 22, 2019. On November 2, 2019, the Surinamese MMA fighter knocked out Arlovski via punch in the second round at “UFC 244” at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA.

Rozenstruik now holds a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Overeem has 45 wins, 17 losses and 1 No Contest.

From 2011 to 2019, Overeem won 10 out of 16 bouts in the UFC. He is riding a two-bout winning streak.

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Rozenstruik’s supporters:

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