UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai or #UFCVegas28 has come and gone after a week off of UFC action. With heavyweights in the main and co-main event, they delivered. Oh, and we got a fight of the year contender. There were eight decisions, four KO/TKOs, and one no-contest.
Here are fights to make for the winners and losers of UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai
BIGI BOY!!!! Rozenstruik knocked Augusto Sakai out with a second left in the first round. The man has dynamite in his hands. In Rozenstruik’s five UFC wins, he has a 9 second KO, a 29 second KO, a 4:46 KO and a 4:59 KO. Wild stuff. This was a much-needed rebound win after a very lackluster loss in his last outing. Rozenstruik came into the fight ranked No. 6. For his next, No. 4 ranked Curtis Blaydes is a perfect opponent for Bigi Boy in his next outing. Blaydes is still on the sidelines from his knockout loss to Derrick Lewis.
Tybura withstood Walt Harris’ first-round fury and ended up defeating him via TKO late in the round. Man, what a turnaround for the Polish fighter. On the verge of possibly being cut after losing four of five, he has won five straight. He came into the fight ranked No. 11 but will be taking Harris’ No. 8 on Tuesday. Tybura should fight the winner or loser of Alexander Volkov vs. Ciryl Gane, which goes down in a few weeks.
Dolidze defeated Laureano Staropoli in a very, very, very, very lackluster fight. Dolidze is back in the win column. The UFC should rebook Alessio di Chirico and Dolidze.
WHAT A FIGHT. We will be talking about that one at the end of the year. Ponzinibbio defeated Miguel Baeza via unanimous decision and handed him his first professional loss. Ponzinibbio’s leg was toast in round one, and he came back to win. Impressive. It was a much-needed win by the Argentinean fighter, who had his hype completely derailed in January after a looooong layoff. Hopefully, Ponzinibbio doesn’t take too long of a break, but he might be out for a little bit after that fight. When he comes back, he should fight the winner of Belal Muhammad vs. Demian Maia.
Rodrigues handed Duško Todorović his second straight loss by defeating him via unanimous decision. What a few weeks for Rodrigues! He won the LFA middleweight title by knocking out Josh Fremd and the next day got signed to the UFC to step in on short notice. Since suffering his knockout loss to Jordan Williams on Dana White’s Contender Series last season, he has looked excellent and dangerous. For his second UFC fight, he should look to fight Joaquin Buckley, who hasn’t been in action his knockout loss in January.
Montana De La Rosa
Del La Rosa got back into the win column by dominating Ariane Lipski, defeating her via TKO. After going to a draw in her last fight and then getting worked against Viviane Araújo, De La Rosa reminded people she is still a threat. PLUS, she’s still only 26 years old. I think she has done enough to fight for her top 15 ranking again and should look to fight Antonina Shevchenko, who is ranked No. 15.
Latifi defeated Tanner Boser in a very close split decision. Latifi’s back was against the wall with three losses, and he pulled through. Latifi is now 1-1 in the heavyweight division (although I thought he was robbed against Derrick Lewis). Latifi will most likely always give upsize in the division, but he makes up for it in his thickness. Latifi should look to fight another former light heavyweight, Marcos de Lima, who just handed Maurice Greene his walking papers for his next fight.
Salikhov defeated Francisco Trinaldo in an absolute banger of a fight. Amazingly, it went three rounds. Salikhov is now on a five-fight winning streak since losing his UFC debut back in 2017. It honestly amazes me that he’s only got two knockouts in the UFC; however, he is always dangerous. It is time for Salikhov to get a ranked opponent for his next fight. Enter, Geoff Neal who is currently sitting at No. 10. Neal is coming off two losses so defending his spot makes sense.
Kirk upset Makwan Amirkhani to win his UFC debut via unanimous decision in a very close fight. “The Jawaiian” took the fight on very short notice after fighting in the main event of LFA 107. Staying ready paid off. Kirk is now on a three-fight win streak and will be a fun addition to the featherweight division. For his second UFC fight, Mike Grundy would be a fun matchup
Mason Jones – Alan Patrick
Unfortunately, Jones vs. Patrick ended in an accidental eye-poke. Patrick could not continue in the second round. Let’s be honest, Jones was on his way to a clear victory, but rules are rules. There is no need for a rematch. Jones should fight Khama Worthy next, with Patrick fighting Rodrigo Vargas. Next.
Manon Fiorot IS A PROBLEM. The French fighter finished Tabatha Ricci via TKO in the second, spoiling her debut. Two fights into her UFC career, and Fiorot has really impressed. She is on a seven-fight win streak, and hopefully, she gets a top 15 opponent next. With that being said, Andrea Lee, who is coming off a submission win of Antonina Shevchenko would be a great next fight.
Woodson defeated Youssef Zalal via split decision, handing him his third loss in a row. Woodson rebounded pretty well from his first professional loss last year. After nearly a year’s layoff, it is clear that Woodson worked on his wrestling. It’s evident that Woodson is a fantastic boxer, so with that being said, he should look to fight Ludovit Klein, who just suffered his first UFC loss.
After taking all of 2020 off, Puelles defeated Jordan Leavitt via unanimous decision, handing him his first professional loss. The Peruvian fighter is now on a three-fight win streak since losing his UFC debut. For his next fight, Puelles should look to fight Davi Ramos.
Augusto Sakai – Blagoy Ivanov
Walt Harris – Ben Rothwell
Laureano Staropoli – Kyle Daukaus
Miguel Baeza – Alex Morono
Dusko Todorović – Tafon Nchukwi
Ariane Lipski – cut
Tanner Boser – Jared Vanderaa
Francisco Trinaldo – Dwight Grant
Makwan Amirkhani – Tucker Lutz
Tabatha Ricci – Mallory Martin
Youssef Zalal – cut
Jordan Leavitt – Alex Munoz