Saturday night, Junior Dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik meet up in a heavyweight bout at UFC 252 at the UFC’s APEX Facility in Las Vegas. The early prelims kick off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+, followed by the main card set for 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view.
Dos Santos (21-7) heads into this showdown looking to bounce back after a second-round KO/TKO loss to Curtis Blaydes on Jan. 25. It’s a frequent happening for Dos Santos, as each of his past four fights have ended by way of KO/TKO, winning two and losing two. He is involved in plenty of knockouts thanks to his significant strikes landed per minute, which sit at 4.66. He also has a 48.12 significant strike-accuracy percentage, slightly ahead of his opponent Rozenstruik (10-1), who sits at 48.03 percent.
Rozenstruik is coming off his first professional loss, a first-round knockout in 20 seconds at UFC 249 against Francis Ngannou on May 9. Each of Rozenstruik’s previous six fights have ended by way of knockout, with the Suriname native coming out on top in five of those outings. In fact, 10 of his 11 career fights have been decided by KO/TKO, going 9-1. The only time he has not had a knockout decide one of his fights was back on May 16, 2018, a unanimous-decision win over Andrey Kovalev at Rizin FF.
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Junior Dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik betting odds
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ROZENSTRUIK (-121) is an up-and-comer who will fight for the title in this division sooner rather than later. He is raw, and mostly a brawler, but he is very dangerous, and that’s not good news for Dos Santos (+100), who is on a two-bout losing skid with KO/TKO losses to Blaydes and Ngannou. Look for Rozenstruik to take care of business, making for a good bet on the moneyline, but also go with ROZENSTRUIK BY KO/TKO or DQ (+115) on the 7-way line for a little added value.
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As far as the length of this fight, it will not last long. However, playing OVER 1.5 ROUNDS (-118) is a good idea. Dos Santos isn’t a spring chicken, but he has also seen a lot of fights. He won’t be overpowered by Rozenstruik with a surprise big shot early on.
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