Saturday’s UFC Vegas 56 paper was topped by heavyweights Alexander Volkov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, with the combat ending successful a TKO triumph for the Russian. The stoppage, however, near “Bigi Boy” Rozenstruik protesting, insistent that ref Herb Dean had waved things disconnected prematurely.
Where does Rozenstruik spell from here? We’ll effort to reply that, and play matchmaker for the losing broadside of the UFC Vegas 56 main card.Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jair Rozenstruik remains thing of a conundrum 10 fights into his UFC career. At times, helium has been hesitant successful fights wherever helium should person been aggressive. In others, he’s opted to plaything for the fences. At UFC Vegas 56, helium went up against thing of a rarity — an hostile bigger than himself. Ultimately, helium was tagged a fewer times, and the ref waved the combat off. While Rozenstruik instantly protested the stoppage, those protests don’t substance overmuch successful the expansive strategy of things. On paper, a nonaccomplishment is simply a loss, and diversion commissions simply volition not overturn that benignant of result, fixed the ref was doing his occupation and protecting the fighter.
The extremity effect is that Rozenstruik is connected the archetypal losing streak of his career. He remains a menace acknowledgment to his kickboxing and knockout power, but he’ll request to propulsion retired of this slump.
Coming up, Derrick Lewis is warring Sergei Pavlovich. Should helium lose, Lewis volition beryllium connected a akin two-fight skid. That’s a amusive fight. If Pavlovich comes up short, that works arsenic well. So springiness Rozenstruik the loser of that match-up.
Rozenstruik’s adjacent fight: Lewis-Pavlovich loserDan Ige
Thanks to a divided determination triumph implicit Edson Barboza backmost successful 2020, Dan Ige began to beryllium looked astatine arsenic a existent subordinate successful the featherweight division. In hindsight, that whitethorn person been premature. Many had Barboza winning that fight, and portion Ige is arsenic crippled arsenic they travel and puts connected breathtaking fights, he’s been losing them much often than not. Since the Barboza fight, Ige is 1-4, with losses to Calvin Kattar, The Korean Zombie, Josh Emmett, and present Movsar Evloev. The lone triumph successful that span came against Gavin Tucker, who has struggled to combat consistently.
Ige astir apt needs a measurement backmost astatine this point, and immoderate clip to regroup. There’s nary mode you chopped the Hawaiian contempt 3 consecutive losses, but springiness him an hostile successful a akin spot. Doo-Ho Choi was erstwhile the adjacent large happening astatine featherweight, but has mislaid 3 consecutive fights. He was expected to instrumentality past twelvemonth against Danny Chavez, but pulled retired owed to injury. If he’s acceptable to go, that combat could beryllium fireworks — and serves arsenic a rehabilitation task of sorts for the winner.
Ige’s adjacent fight: Doo-Ho ChoiMichael Trizano
History has not been benignant to immoderate of The Ultimate Fighter’s much caller winners. Jesse Taylor, Nicco Montano, and Brad Katona are nary longer with the promotion, portion Michael Trizano, who won connected the aforesaid play arsenic Katona, has struggled to enactment active, and relevant.
He suffered different setback astatine UFC Vegas 56, losing to promotional newcomer Lucas Almeida — a combatant who came up abbreviated connected the Contender Series. Trizano is present 3-3 successful the UFC, including his triumph astatine the TUF 27 finale. While helium won the amusement astatine lightweight, he’s present astatine 145, but that hasn’t panned retired either.
That benignant of uninspiring tally means Trizano’s adjacent combat volition beryllium a must-win, and pairing him up with different Contender Series combatant mightiness beryllium the play. Tucker Lutz is 1-1 successful the UFC, and coming disconnected a nonaccomplishment to Pat Sabatini that has aged amended than most. He was expected to combat successful March, lone for his hostile to driblet out. Book this one.
Trizano’s adjacent opponent: Tucker LutzPoliana Botelho
A 1-4 grounds successful her past 5 fights, and 3 consecutive losses, whitethorn extremity up with Poliana Botelho being shown the door. But if the UFC opts to springiness her 1 much go, past effort her against Mariya Agapova, who is coming disconnected a nonaccomplishment backmost successful March.
Botelho’s adjacent fight: Mariya AgapovaZarrukh Adashev
It’s evident present that Zarrukh Adashev jumped to the UFC mode excessively aboriginal successful his MMA career. While helium has a kickboxing background, helium arrived with a grounds of 3-1 successful MMA. Not adjacent 5 fights. While his 3 wins to that constituent had travel nether the Bellator banner, helium wasn’t precisely warring apical guys implicit there. Bellator has immoderate existent killers, but Adashev didn’t truthful overmuch arsenic sniff them.
Now, he’s 1-3 done 4 UFC fights. Assuming helium was connected a four-fight deal, if they bring him back, it feels similar the close play is to publication him against an up-and-comer. Jake Hadley conscionable suffered a sizeable setback successful his promotional debut, against a acold much experienced hostile successful Allan Nascimento. Adashev mightiness beryllium much his velocity astatine this point.
Adashev’s adjacent fight: Jake HadleyAskar Mozharov
Ukraine’s Askar Mozharov became the astir talked astir combatant connected the UFC Vegas 56 card, but not for immoderate of the accustomed reasons. Rather, what tin present beryllium called “record-gate” saw his pro MMA grounds driblet from 25-7 to 21-11 to 19-12 successful the days starring up to his combat with Alonzo Menifield. The UFC surely took notice, adjusting his grounds connected the broadcast. The contention stemmed from online grounds keepers Sherdog and Tapology discovering Mozharov had aggregate profiles nether antithetic names, and had implicit the years attempted to person his grounds changed. Allegedly, of course. Sherdog’s FF Files has a beauteous bully breakdown of what they judge transpired, and person labelled Mozharov a fraud.
We’re not present to walk judgement connected immoderate fighter, nor should immoderate media outlet really. And we accidental that arsenic 1 of the fewer outlets who really has a writer who has stepped into the cage. Still, Mozharov’s “preposterous” record, to get a word Menifield himself utilized up of the fight, whitethorn spot him chopped from the UFC arsenic a result. He was smashed by elbows and enactment distant early, and fought precise overmuch similar a combatant with a padded record.
On the flip side, each publicity is bully publicity, right? If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying, truthful connected and truthful forth. We’re talking astir a promotion who booked Dean Barry vs. Mike Jackson successful 2022, truthful possibly they springiness Mozharov different shot, successful the hopes that radical volition tune successful to spot him smashed again.
Caio Borralho won a method determination successful his UFC debut, acknowledgment to amerciable strikes helium committed that ended the combat early. He’s warring chap Contender Series victor Armen Petrosyan next. Give Mozharov the loser, if helium sticks around.
Mozharov’s adjacent fight: Borralho-Petrosyan loser