An Intriguing heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC 266 card on September 25 between Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruk.
UFC 266 takes place on September 25 but does have an announced location or venue. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims expected on ESPN and ESPN+. The card will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between the champion Jan Blachowicz and the challenger Glover Teixeira.
Another speculated fight for UFC 266 is the featherweight matchup between the challenger Brian Ortega and the champion Alexander Volkanovski. Now a heavyweight matchup has been added to this stacked card between a strong striker Jairzinho Rozenstruk against an elite grappler Curtis Blaydes.
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Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik- Next Heavyweight contender
Curtis Blaydes has been a top contender in the heavyweight division for a long time. He is always just one or two wins away from getting a title shot but unfortunately, that is yet to happen. In his last fight, he was just one victory away from getting a shot at the title but his hopes were destroyed by a brutal uppercut by Derrick Lewis who got that KO win over Blaydes and also replaced himself in the title picture. Before that setback, Blaydes had rattled off four consecutive wins including victories over Alexander Volkov and former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
Jairzinho Rozenstruk also had a similar path as Blaydes in the UFC’s heavyweight division. He was on an amazing run in the division before a devasting first-round ko loss against the current champion Francis Ngannou. After that, he faced another defeat at the hands of rinsing contender Ciryl Gane. Those are the only two losses in his MMA career. Rozenstruk is coming off a first-round TKO of Augusto Sakai in the UFC Fight Night 189 main event in June.
This fight is an important one for the heavyweight division as the champion is looking too strong for any contender to face. Francis Ngannou is matched up with Derrick Lewis after Ngannou’s fight with Jon Jones fell apart. No official announcement has been made for the heavyweight championship match but it will be in this summer.
The latest UFC 266 card:
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira
- Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo
- Uros Medic vs. Jalin Turner
- Merab Dvalishvili vs. Marlon Moraes
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
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