Lower than 2½ years in the past, Jairzinho Rozenstruik was an undefeated UFC heavyweight on the rise. At that very same time, Alexander Volkov was on a scorching run throughout which he received seven of eight fights.
Since then, each have misplaced a number of bouts in opposition to the division’s prime contenders. They every are coming off a defeat.
However Volkov and Rozenstruik are nonetheless within the top-10, and so they meet on Saturday in the principle occasion of a matinee UFC Battle Evening in Las Vegas, with the winner solidifying his spot within the heavyweight hierarchy.
Volkov (34-10) has dropped two of his final three fights, most lately a submission by the hands of Tom Aspinall in March. The Russian is No. 8 within the ESPN heavyweight rankings.
The Tenth-ranked Rozenstruik (12-3), who additionally has misplaced two of his final three, final fought in September, when he misplaced a unanimous choice to Curtis Blaydes.
Saturday’s fights on the UFC Apex are on ESPN+, with the principle card at 4 p.m. ET and prelims at 1.
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Saturday’s UFC combat card
ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET
Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Males’s featherweight: Dan Ige vs. Movsar Evloev
Males’s featherweight: Michael Trizano vs. Lucas Almeida
Girls’s flyweight: Poliana Botelho vs. Karine Silva
Mild heavyweight: Alonzo Menifield vs. Askar Mozharov
Strawweight: Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
ESPN+, 1 p.m. ET
Light-weight: Alex Da Silva vs. Joe Solecki
Males’s featherweight: Damon Jackson vs. Daniel Argueta
Males’s flyweight: Zarrukh Adashev vs. Ode’ Osbourne
Light-weight: Benoit Saint Denis vs. Niklas Stolze
Males’s bantamweight: Tony Gravely vs. Johnny Munoz
Males’s flyweight: Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Jeff Molina
Welterweight: Andreas Michailidis vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov
Girls’s flyweight: Erin Blanchfield vs. JJ Aldrich
Ian Parker’s betting tip
“This needs to be an fascinating combat between two methodical strikers who every possess KO energy and are arduous to complete. … Rozenstruik ought to have the facility benefit right here; nevertheless, because of his counterstrike model, I do not anticipate him to throw an excessive amount of early on, as he will probably be extraordinarily cautious of the potential takedown makes an attempt of Volkov. … Volkov tends to throw a very good quantity of quantity, however will probably be hesitant to interact because of the energy of Rozenstruik.”
For Parker’s most important occasion decide and recommendation for betting different fights on Saturday’s card, try the ESPN+ professional picks and finest bets article, revealed on Thursday. It additionally options evaluation by Erick Nicksick, coach at Xtreme Couture, and betting professional Reed Kuhn.