Top UFC online sportsbooks favor Francis Ngannou over Jairzinho Rozenstruik in their matchup at the UFC 249 event, expected to take place on May 9, 2020 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik Odds
Bigi Boy enters as the underdog, according to the best online sportsbooks. The Surinamese is undefeated at 10-0 with a 4-0 UFC record. He has won 70% of his fights by KO. Including four of the last five and the last three straight. His two most recent victims have been Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem. Precisely the latter is the only fighter to go five rounds with Bigi. Not five full rounds, though. “As soon as I got the opportunity, I knew I was going to take it,” Jair said of his fight with The Demolition Man. “I was patient, I was relaxed, and I knew he was gonna make a mistake, but we didn’t know when. As soon as I found the opportunity, I put him down, walked away and we won the fight.”
Beating Ngannou would all but make Bigi a shoo-in to face either Stipe Miocic or Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight championship. “I don’t believe [I got] lucky [against Overeem, Ngannou believes],” said Rozenstruik. “I always train hard, I’m always in shape, I was patient, I trained for what I wanted, so as soon as the opportunity came, I put him down. But I’m happy that people underestimate me, so that means I’ve got a lot to prove. They don’t see me coming, but they’ll remember my name after this.” Being a three-round fight, this will not be the second of Bigi’s bouts to go to five, but Jair doesn’t think it’ll go past the second, or even the first round. “I’ll KO him in the second round. But, don’t be surprised if I knock him out in the first,” he said.
The Predator heads into Saturday favored by top UFC online sportsbooks. After getting his second and third losses back-to-back against Miocic and Derrick Lewis, Ngannou has bounced back with three consecutive wins. He beat Curtis Blaydes via TKO at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 on 24 November 2018, 45 seconds into the first round in Beijing, China. He then defeated Cain Velasquez´s carcass by KO at UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez on 17 February 2019, 26 seconds into the first round in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Finally, he bested Junior dos Santos via TKO at UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos on 29 June 2019 in the first round in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Ngannou has gone beyond the second round only in those two aforementioned losses.
The favorite of top UFC online sportsbooks has found it “very hard to keep motivation and go out there everyday. Go out there and train without knowing if the fight is going to happen. [You’re] always suspicious – maybe it’s going to happen or not, and to keep the same intensity for the fight. “When you train for a fight it’s different than just training to stay in shape. So even when you don’t have that target, that goal, you still have to be motivated to go. That’s the hard part of it.” like his opponent, Ngannou has also vowed to win by KO.
Our Pick: The Predator has won his last three straight fights. However, of the three one doesn’t really count. Because it was against the shell of the man that Cain Velasquez used to be. Meanwhile, Bigi Boy is undefeated 10-0, including his first four UFC bouts. Two of which were KO’s over Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem. Rozenstruik will go the distance, in and of itself a moral victory, but Ngannou gets the decision.