By Landon Smith

UFC Vegas 28 Rozenstruik vs Sakai Preview and Free Picks

Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Augusto Sakai fight Saturday in UFC Vegas 28 at the UFC Apex.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Augusto Sakai UFC Vegas 28 Heavyweight
Date Saturday, June 5, 2021
Arena UFC Apex
Location Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Time 10:00p ET
TV ESPN

 

Matchup and Prediction
Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC Vegas 28 Augusto Sakai
-125 Odds +105
11-2-0 Record 15-2-1
Suriname Country Brazil
6' 4" Height 6' 3"
242.00 LB Weight 265.00 LB
78 in Reach 77 in
41 in Leg Reach 42 in
91% KO/TKO 73%
0% SUB 0%
35% DEC 17%
9:22 AVG Fight Time 12:20
1.14 Knockdown AVG 0.46

Jairzinho Rozenstruik (11-2) has split his last four fights and in his last fight coming off a loss to Ciryl Gane at UFC Vegas 20, Rozenstruik is now 1-2 in his last three fights after starting his career with a record of 10-0. Rozenstruik is an established fighter who hails from boxing and kickboxing, and has clear KO power in every hand. Rozenstruik was very successful at kickboxing with a 76-8 record, and he throws these hooks that can knock down his opponents.

Augusto Sakai (15-2-1) has won six of his last seven fights and in his last bout is coming off a knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC Vegas 9. It was the first time Sakai has finished in his career and now he hopes to avoid consecutive defeats for the first time. Sakai is a Brazilian who hails from boxing and has seen all 18 of his fights end in knockout or decision. Sakai has clear power in his hands, and he's effective on the clinch as well as on the ground and pound.

Prediction and Picks

Rozenstruik is the biggest fighter in this matchup, he has the quickest hands and his kicks could be a factor at some point. Nor can we ignore that Sakai is coming off being knocked out for the first time and it is always difficult to back a guy in these situations, especially when he faces another powerful forward.

 

WINNER: Jairzinho Rozenstruik @ -125

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By Landon Smith, on 5 Jun 2021, at 7:09p ET