Rozenstruik vs Sakai
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The UFC Fight Night 189 will feature highly-anticipated fights with Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Augusto Sakai take on each other in the main event.

The Bigi Boy has had a topsy-turvy drive in recent years. After losing to UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou in May 2020, he made a strong comeback against Junior Dos Santos, winning the fight with a TKO finish in the second round.

But he then lost to Ciyrl Gane in February 2021. These are the only two losses he has suffered in his entire pro-MMA career.

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He has now been booked to lock horns against Sakai, who has had a similar ride in the UFC. Sakai has two losses and 15 wins under his belt. He lost to Bulgaria’s Blagoy Ivanov in May 2020 only to stun the UFC fans on his return.

Sakai finished Alistair Overeem in the fifth round of their September 2020 clash. He has been out of action for almost a year now.

While both fighters have made it big in the organization, they need to stand head and shoulders above other heavyweights to earn a title shot. Currently, neither of them looks close to taking on the heavyweight crown.

It will be an uphill task for both Sakai and the Bigi Boy to become title contenders with the likes of Derrick Lewis, Stipe Miocic, and Jon Jones in the picture.

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UFC President Dana White has affirmed that the Predator will have to appear in a rematch against Lewis, stating that the Black Beast is worthy of a title shot. It is to be noted that Lewis came out as the winner when the two locked horns in a UFC octagon the last time.

Although, both fighters were under a tad of criticism for not living up to the hype that they both possess. This is because the fight progressed at a slower pace and lacked action since both heavyweights waited for each other to strike first.

When is UFC 189 Rozenstruik vs Sakai?

The heavyweight juggernauts will clash on June 5, 2021.

Where is UFC Fight Night 189?

The event will be held at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area.

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How to Live STream UFC 189: Rozenstruik vs Sakai?

ESPN+ is your go-to option to watch the UFC Fight Night 189 and witness a much-hyped clash between Rozenstruik and Sakai.

Full Fight Card:

Main Card

  • Heavyweight – Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Augusto Sakai
  • Heavyweight – Walt Harris vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Middleweight – Roman Dolidze vs. Laureano Staropoli
  • Welterweight – Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Miguel Baeza
  • Middleweight – Duško Todorović vs. Gregory Rodrigues
  • Middleweight – Tom Breese vs. Antonio Arroyo

Preliminary Card

  • Women’s Flyweight – Montana De La Rosa vs. Ariane Lipski
  • Heavyweight – Tanner Boser vs. Ilir Latifi
  • Welterweight – Francisco Trinaldo vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Lightweight – Alan Patrick vs. Mason Jones
  • Women’s Flyweight – Manon Fiorot vs. Maryna Moroz
  • Featherweight – Sean Woodson vs. Youssef Zalal
  • Lightweight – Claudio Puelles vs. Jordan Leavitt

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