Prediction, odds and choice Alexander Volkov-Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Alexander Volkov takes on Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the main event of UFC Vegas 56. Both men are looking to bounce back from tough losses to top contenders and will want their names back in the title picture. Both men are known for their hard-hitting games and this fight feels like a kickboxing match. The fight takes place at the UFC Apex, which means these giant men will be fighting in the smallest cage. For these big heavyweights, that’s going to play a role because their movement is going to be different and it’s going to force them to engage, which is something fans are hoping to happen.

Alexander Volkov is coming off a tough loss to Tom Aspinall at UFC London in March. The Russian has beaten heavyweights outside of the elites but struggled to face the best in the division. There’s a real question here about his durability considering he’s had some tough stoppage losses over the years. He has wrestling in his back pocket and that’s something that could potentially play a role against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The Russian is very tall for the division and knows how to use his height and length effectively to keep his opponents on the outside. This fight is going to be very important for him to prove that he still has a lot left in the tank.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik is a kickboxing based fighter with serious power and a frustrating low volume fighting style. He knows when to explode at the right time and has some pretty good UFC wins. He can be outclassed on the feet though and has had issues against top strikers like Alistair Overeem and Ciryl Gane. His power is going to play a role here if he can put together a big time and catch Alexander Volkov at the right time. Rozenstruik needs a win here or his time as a heavyweight contender could come to an end. He certainly has the game to get things done in this one.

Here are the odds for UFC Vegas 56, with our Alexander Volkov-Jairzinho Rozenstruik prediction, courtesy of FanDuel.

UFC Vegas 56 odds: Alexander Volkov v Jairzinho Rozenstruik odds

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How Alexander Volkov won the fight at UFC Vegas 56

Alexander Volkov is a complete fighter with plenty of weapons to use against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Keeping the smaller fighter out and shooting with kicks is going to be key. Rozenstruik is a low volume fighter who will allow the Russian to control the pace and control the cage. The clinch could be a factor in this one and it would be a useful opportunity for Volkov to land some knees and stifle Rozenstruik’s move. Mixing up the fight will help win rounds as it’s clear the Surinamese fighter has a weakness in that department. Defensively, Volkov will have to be careful and avoid everything against and get stuck against the cage. If he can keep Rozenstruik on the outside and snack on it, that will be his fight to lose. It won’t be entertaining, but the Russian wins a decision to stay relevant in the division.

How Jairzinho Rozenstruik won the fight at UFC Vegas 56

Jairzinho Rozenstruik clearly has the power advantage in this fight and he’s going to have to use it. The smaller cage will benefit him as Alexander Volkov won’t have the space to avoid him for five rounds. He’ll be looking to use his counterattacks to land a big shot and the five rounds mean he won’t use too much volume as he’ll want to watch his gas tank. He will likely lose the first round as Alexander Volkov will look to establish distance while Rozenstruik will look for big counters. Things will change in round two as the Surinamese fighter begins to land and chase for the finish. His power should be enough to end the Russian’s evening early. Rozenstruik finds the KO in the second round.

Final Alexander Volkov-Jairzinho Rozenstruik Prediction and choice

This is an interesting chess match between two men who have the skills to fight. The five rounds mean both men are going to be careful and not go crazy at first. Alexander Volkov’s durability has been in question after his last two fights and that bodes well for the mighty Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The Suriname native will be looking to land big counters and find the stoppage on his feet. His game lately has been counter-hitting and that has led to a low-volume approach that sees him trying to capitalize on mistakes. He will be very confident hitting with Volkov and that should lead to some good counter punches. Rozenstruik wins the stoppage with a second-round knockout.

Final pick Alexander Volkov-Jairzinho Rozenstruik: Jairzinho Rozenstruik wins by KO in the second round.

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