Rozenstruik KOs Overeem with four seconds left in five round main event
In a bout that was likely going to end in a decision win the other way, Jairzinho Rozenstruik TKOd Alistair Overeem in the fifth and final round of their UFC on ESPN 7 main event.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik was down but he was never out.
After likely dropping the first three rounds of his main event fight against Alistair Overeem, the Suriname native pulled off a jaw-dropping fifth round knockout with just four seconds left on the clock.
It took an awe-inspiring surge during that final round for Rozenstruik to get the knockout after connecting with a strong left and then following it with a right hand that exploded like a grenade in Overeem’s face, tearing his upper lip apart as he crashed down to the canvas. Rozenstruik walked away as if the fight was over but it was only after Overeem stumbled in his attempt to get back to the feet that referee Dan Miragliotta actually waived for the stoppage.
Wow. Rozenstruik finishes Overeem right at the end of the 5th round. Overeem with a gnarly cut on his lip. pic.twitter.com/0aLJV4edSq— Jonesy (@RoyJonesy) December 8, 2019
Official Result: Jairzinho Rozenstruik defeated Alistair Overeem by KO (Punch, Round 5, 4:56)
As many fans noted, it also appears that Overeem suffered a pretty nasty cut of this lip from the final strike:
Round 1 – Rozenstruik passes on the glove touch ahead of the opening bell, much to Overeem’s surprise. At the start, they are patient in the center. Overeem keeps his hands high in clear respect of Rozenstruik’s speed and power. Rozenstruik with a low kick, and Overeem tries to grab it but can’t get the limb. Overeem patient to start ad lands a jab, then covers well. Rozenstruik also not overcommitting right now. Overeem with a little move forward, then a firm commitment to the takedown. He gets inside and trips Rozenstruik into side control. Overeem happy to move himself into half-guard. Rozenstruik trying to tie things up underneath. Overeem looking to posture and strike. Rozenstruik turns to his knees. Overeem slips briefly to the back. Rozenstruik can’t quite pull free, so Overeem drags him back to the canvas and takes side control. Horizontal elbows from Overeem strike the side of the head. Round ends there. MMA Junkie gives it to Overeem, 10-9.
Round 2 – Rozenstruik with a jab to start. Overeem again with the hands high and respecting is opponent’s power. Overeem moves to the clinch, and knees are traded agains the fence. Rozenstruik looking to press him away with the big right arm. Overeem keeping his pressure, and knees continue to be traded. Crowd getting a little restless, but Overeem making smart decisions here. Overeem nearly has Rozenstruik off-balance, but the two men stay upright. Rozenstruik sneaks in a few right hands over the top. Not a ton happening, and Dan Miragliotta brings them back to the center. Overeem with a high kick on the restart that’s blocked. Less than two minutes. Rozenstruik looking for opportunities to strike, but Overeem trying not to give him any openings, holding that high guard. Overeem lands a clean left, but Rozenstruik doesn’t budge. Overeem backs to the cage, but Rozenstruik can’t find a way through the guard. Overeem kicks to the body. They trade shots at the bell. MMA Junkie gives it again to Overeem, 10-9.
Round 3 – Rozenstruik starts quickly. Front kick and a nice uppercut. Overeem drives forward and looks for the takedown. Not the best setup, but he does get the action to the cage. Knee lands inside. Rozenstruik with a nice little slip out to his left to move back to the center. Rozenstruik trying to advance, but Overeem sneaks in two clean punches. Both men fresh enough, holding a moderate pace. Rozenstruik lands with a nice knee up the middle. Overeem walking forward and kicks the body, but Rozenstruik answers immediately to the leg. Overeem changes levels again and drives forward for the takedown. Not there, and Rozenstruik is stuck agains the cage. Overeem stays with it, though, and he’s able to get leverage and lift and slam Rozenstruik to the canvas. One minute left. Overeem on top and looking to drop in a few punches and elbows. Rozenstruik trapped on his back. Overeem lands a few big punches and then stands. MMA Junkie gives it again to Overeem, 10-9.
Round 4 – Overeem gets to the center, and Rozenstruik is trying to land something big, but it’s tough against a crafty vet. Overeem keeping that guard high, chopping at the legs a bit. He ducks down to change levels. Not there, and Rozenstruik tries to make him pay with a flurry of punches and knees. It looks dangerous, but Overeem covers well. Overeem just methodical in his approach. Rozenstruik is breathing heavy. Both men miss on huge left hands. Uppercut scores for Rozenstruik. He runs froward with a flying kick that misses. He rifles off punches that again are blocked. Rozenstruik having a decent round, but he’s given so much away, he needs to make something happen. He does leap again at the bell with a big knee, but Overeem covers. MMA Junkie gives it to Rozenstruik, 10-9.
Round 5 – Rozenstruik likely needs a finish. Overeem tries to get inside, but it’s not quite there. Overeem kicks at the legs a bit. He lands a big left, but Rozenstruik has no issue absorbing it and staying upright. Crowd not happy about what they’re seeing, but Overeem is not willing to just tee off with such a powerful opponent. Overeem thinks takedown again, but it’s not there. He just slips the reply, as well. Overeem in the center. He kicks the leg. Rozenstruik seems to complain it’s low, but we fight on. Overeem keeping his guard high. It’s tactically smart. Rozenstruik with a crisp jab. Flying knee blocked. One minute left. Overeem still looking at a takedown, perhaps. Overeem short on a takedown, and he looks fatigued as he rises. Time winding down, and Rozenstruik lands clean with a right hand. Overeem drops to the canvas. Rozenstruik walks off. Miragliotta doesn’t stop it at first, but when he staggers, the fight’s over. Weird ending, but hard to argue with the power of the blow. Controversial to say the least.