Down four rounds to none, Jairzinho Rozenstruik landed a knockout blow with 10 seconds left to defeat Alistair Overeem in the UFC DC main event.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik has made a name for himself quickly in the heavyweight division. Since making his UFC debut in February, “Bigi Boy” has three knockouts, two of which came in the first round. He’s taking this fight on short notice, replacing Walt Harris, who had to pull out due to the unfortunate and tragic passing of his daughter. Overeem comes into the fight with knockouts over his last two opponents.
Rozenstruik started the fight with a leg kick then another both with his lead leg. Overeem was fighting southpaw and Rozenstruik orthodox, so that was there for the taking. The third time he threw the leg kick, Overeem went to catch it, but Rozenstruik countered with a combination. Another leg kick landed for Rozenstruik then a left for Overeem. Overeem initiated a clinch and landed a trip takedown. He established half guard but wasn’t trying to land much. Rozenstruik tried to explode out, but failed, leading to Overeem taking side control. He landed a few elbows before time expired.
A jab landed out the gate for Rozenstruik to start the second round. Overeem clinched up with his opponent against the cage early on. After they traded a few knees, Rozenstruik reversed position then avoided a takedown from Overeem. The referee eventually broke them apart with Overeem being the one who was pressing the fight against the cage. Both men had strikes deflected when action resumed. A right hand for Rozenstruik and a head kick for Overeem. Overeem was fighting defensively, employing a high guard then landing a big left hand. Rozenstruik began landing uppercuts successfully as the round came to a close.
Overeem shot for a takedown early after taking some punches to start the round. A two-one connected for Overeem after they separated. Another left straight was on the money for Overeem, then a body kick that Rozenstruik answered with a low kick. A huge left landed for Overeem, then he shot for a takedown. Rozenstruik resisted, using the cage to stay on his feet. Soon after, Overeem landed a beautiful trip takedown into half guard. Rozenstruik wasn’t doing much from his back and Overeem landed heavy hammerfists to close out the round.
A right hand landed for Overeem to start the round, then a left. Rozenstruik’s output was waning as Overeem landed another left. Rozenstruik found an opening and pushed forward with a heavy combination, mixing in body punches. Overeem defended well and circled out. Another burst of strikes came from Rozenstruik including flying kicks, but Overeem wasn’t going anywhere.
Overeem tried to clinch again to start the final round, but couldn’t wrap up his opponent. A pair of left hands landed for the legend, then he pushed Rozenstruik against the cage. The fighters separated and not much was going on for either fighter. Then, when the 10-second clapper hit, Overeem seemed exhausted. Rozenstruik caught him with a big left hand, then a diving right hand that floored Overeem and split his lip open. The referee let Overeem get up, but he was stumbling and the ref stopped the fight. A miracle comeback for Rozenstruik and a huge win.
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Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Alistair Overeem by KO (Right Hook) in Round 5 (4:56)