UFC Fortaleza Results: Jair Rozenstruik Wakes Up After First Round, Decimates Junior Albini

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Jair Rozenstruik
Jair Rozenstruik vs. Andrey Kovalev Credit: RIZIN FF

After a slow start, Jair Rozenstruik awoke in the second round, found his power shots, and floored Brazil’s Junior Albini at UFC Fortaleza.

Brazilian heavyweight Junior Albini was looking to right the ship at UFC Fortaleza over the weekend. Albini, who started his UFC career with a big finish of Tim Johnson, entered the bout on a two-fight losing streak, having suffered defeat at the hands of Andrei Arlovski and Alexey Oleynik. Saturday, he was set to welcome undefeated RIZIN vet Jairzinho Rozenstruik to the octagon.

A much trimmer Albini took the newcomer Rozenstruik to the ground early in their heavyweight tilt. Albini was almost immediately in side control and isolating an arm for a kimura attempt. However, he’d let go of the submission, perhaps concerned with Rozenstruik escaping. As Rozenstruik worked his way back to the fence, however, Albini moved to mount.

Yet Rozenstruik would manage to buck him off and climb back to his feet. ‘Baby’ went right back to the well, and when his first attempt failed, another saw him drag Rozenstruik down and take the back. Rozenstruik, however, reversed position. Yet the newcomer wasn’t interested in staying in guard, and backed off. Perhaps a miscalculation, as Albini walked forward landing a right hand. Kicks from Albini would add another avenue of attack, and the Brazilian was in full control until the final twenty seconds, when Rozenstruik apparently remembered he was in a fight, and let his hands go (not to mention a decent high kick).

Round two looked like a completely different fight. Jair Rozenstruik came out ready to throw, landing a combination punctuated by a head kick. From there, a flurry of strikes, lefts and rights, rained down on the fallen Junior Albini. And just like that, Rozenstruik maintained his perfect record.

Jair Rozenstruik def. Junior Albini by TKO, Round 2, 0:54

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