Bigi Boy vows to end Bon Gamin’s hype

Dec 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Jairzinho Rozenstruik (blue gloves) after his win against Alistair Overeem (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Frenchman Ciryl Gane entered the UFC with a 3-0 record, and earned four more wins showing unprecedented diversity for a heavyweight; the division is generally dominated by heavy hands. By contrast, the protege from Fernand Lopez’s Fight Factory in Paris earned wins in the Octagon by armlock, leg lock, decision, and elbow KO, heading into his fight vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the main event of UFC Vegas 20 on Saturday night.

Rozenstruik has a more conventional approach to the division. With an 11-1 record, his last seven fights have all ended via T/KO, and all via punches. The sole loss on his record is to Francis Ngannou, who also came out of Fight Factory. During a recent interview with John Hyon Ko for the South China Morning Post, Rozenstruik, ranked #4 in the division, vowed to end the hype around the #7 ranked Gane

“I want to fight,” said Rozenstruik. “So any fighter that they give me or is available for me, I just fight. Right now, this guy has a lot of hype. It’s a big opportunity to kill the hype and show exactly what I am. Why I’m there. It’s not that it was given to me.

“I worked hard to be there so it’s an opportunity to make a statement that I belong [at] the top and I’m a title contender. I’m happy that I can be busy, fight again, stay sharp. So I can be ready for what’s coming next.”

“I have to stop him because I don’t want to give my spot away, and it wasn’t given to me. I fought hard for it so I’m going to fight harder to keep it and go further [to] the top.

“[This fight is] preparing me for the championship fight, for what’s coming, for the bigger fights. Not that this isn’t a big fight. He does his things, he wins his fights. And he’s an upcoming guy and now he’s going to face me. That’s fireworks. He likes to move around, he bounces around. He does his elbows, he does his kicks. So I’m going to be there to find the opportunity to put him straight.”

UG, who takes it, and how?

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