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Suriname’s Jairzinho Rozenstruik earns 4th UFC win, knocks out Netherlands’ Alistair Overeem at ‘UFC on ESPN 7’ in Washington, D.C.

Jairzinho “Bigi Boy” Rozenstruik, 31, just earned his fourth consecutive win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The mixed martial artist from Paramaribo, Suriname is still undefeated.

Featuring 12 MMA bouts, the UFC held “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 competed in the heavyweight division against Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Dan Miragliotta served as the referee. He put a stop to the heavyweight contest 4 seconds before the end of the fifth three-minute round when Rozenstruik knocked out Overeem via punch.

If the knockout did not happen, Overeem would have won via unanimous decision. He suffered a nasty lip cut from Rozenstruik’s punch.

 

“I tried to find an opening,” Rozenstruik said in his post-fight interview. “(I) couldn’t find it for much of the fight but I found it in the last one and there you go.”

“His game plan didn’t surprise me,” the undefeated Surinamese MMA fighter said of Overeem. “He’s an intelligent fighter and knows how to fight but I found a way to win.”

Winning at “UFC on ESPN 7” improved the professional MMA record of Rozenstruik to 10 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Overeem now has 45 wins, 18 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.

 

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.

Meanwhile, here is an interview with Rozenstruik after his “UFC on ESPN 7” win:

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