It doesn’t take a hardcore MMA fan to tell you how highly-anticipated the two title fights on the UFC 249 billing are. A fight that deservedly sits right up there with both of those, also sits right underneath them on the itinerary, as a potential number one contender fight at heavyweight. It serves as a juicy appetizer for the pair of championship attractions. Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik were almost sure to deliver fireworks, with most every fan praying for the avoidance of a repeat occurrence from the Ngannou-Lewis snorefest at UFC 226.
Spoiler alert; It wasn’t.
The fight as a whole didn’t reach the half minute mark of the first round. Both men landing a leg kick or two; seemingly feeling the other out. And then, in the blink of an eye, the Suriname product and kickboxing specialist Rozenstruik, was motionless in an upward sitting position against the fence. Ngannou charged forward like a bat out of hell with his chin up in the air for the taking, waving and winging long and looping punches, and even catching a punch on the counter in the process. But, as many fight fans are more than aware of, all it takes with this guy is one. That one, came by way of a left hand from hell, and out like a lightbulb went Rozenstruik, along with the 0 in his loss column.
Official Result: Francis Ngannou def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by KO (Punch) at 0:20 – Round 1