The UFC has finalized a heavyweight matchup that will headline a Fight Night in June. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report this afternoon that the promotion had finalized a matchup between Alexander Volkov (34-10) and Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3).
This heavyweight battle will headline a UFC Fight Night on June 4th and it will pit #7 against #8 in the rankings against each other. For Rozenstruik, he was able to get a quick fight after his last fight fell through.
Rozenstruik was scheduled to face off against Marcin Tybura at UFC 273 this past Saturday. However, after the weigh-ins, Tybura became sick and the fight was called off. It was the second time this year that the fight with Tybura had fallen through.
Instead of booking for a third time, the UFC is moving Rozenstruik in another direction. When he makes the walk on June 4th, Rozenstruik will be looking to bounce back after losing to Curtis Blaydes in his last fight.
After starting out perfect in his professional career and in the UFC, Rozenstruik is just 2-3 in his last five. Granted, the three losses have come against Blaydes, Ciryl Gane, and heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
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This headlining fight on June 4th will be Alexander Volkov’s fourth main event in his last five UFC fights. The lone fight that didn’t headline a Fight Night was a fight with Marcin Tybura that took place last October at UFC 267 on the main card.
Volkov will be looking to bounce back after he was submitted by Tom Aspinall in the main event of UFC London. Overall, Volkov is now 4-4 in his last eight trips to the octagon after starting 4-0 in the UFC.
This is going to be a tremendous matchup featuring two very good strikers. I would be shocked to see much grappling here and this is the type of fight that both of these men obviously need. Whoever wins should be in a good position to request a top five opponent.
Meanwhile, the loser doesn’t lose a ton of ground in the division. It’s a smart fight for both men and I think UFC fans will enjoy watching this one in less than two months.