Last time Jairzinho Rozenstruik entered the cage, he suffered the first loss of his career, getting knocked out by Francis Ngannou in 20 seconds.
He had a tough task ahead of him on Saturday night: to bounce back against former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. And that he did; defeating the former champ with a second round TKO.
“I went back to the gym right away [after my loss to Ngannou],” said Rozenstruik after the fight. “I needed to get the win to get it straight.”
The fight started out tentatively, as the two strikers had a great respect for each other’s ability. However, it was Dos Santos who was the more active fighter, landing a wider array of strikes.
The Surinamese contender was content to bide his time and wait for a big opening, and that he got late in the second round, landing a left hand to the face followed by a right, knocking Dos Santos to the canvas. The bout was stopped by the referee after Rozenstruik landed some follow up strikes on the ground.
With this win – his 10th finish in 11 wins – Rozenstruik is now right back on the short list for heavyweight contenders.