UFC Vegas 28: Rozenstruik knocks out Sakai with buzzer beater first-round finish

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The headliner of UFC Vegas 28 featured top 10 talents, as sixth-ranked Jairzinho Rozenstruik and ninth-ranked Augusto Sakai both looked to bounce back from defeats in their last Octagon outings. On paper, it was a matchup built to be short. With the pair having 21 knockouts in their 26 combined wins.

Rozenstruik knocks out Sakai with just one second left in the first

The first couple of minutes were a show of much respect from both men. As the offense from each consisted of kicks and pawing shots to find the range. Both seemed to be waiting for the other to open up first, then counter. Yet they fought carefully not to give the other the opportunity to unload with big power. The round was a tough one to score, but with Rozenstruik being the one controlling the center, and seeming to engage in the offense he was likely winning the round.

However, in a matter of seconds the judges were no longer necessary. As “Bigi Boy” rushed in with a combination that started at the body, and finished with a right hand to the temple of Sakai, that floored the Brazilian. With his opponent dazed on the mat, Rozenstruik pounced and landed several strikes that put his foe to sleep with just one second left in the first round. The second time he has knocked out an opponent with seconds left in a round.

It was an important bounce-back victory in grand fashion for the native of Suriname. After winning his first four Octagon outings dominantly, he had lost two of three and seemed in danger of losing his top-10 ranking. Now he’s gotten back his momentum and could be moved up into the top-five next week.

After winning four straight to start his Octagon run, the loss marks the beginning of Sakai’s first losing streak in 17 pro fights.

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