Who should the UFC Vegas 28 winners on the main card fight next? Jairzinho Rozenstruik got back in the win column on Saturday, knocking out Augusto Sakai in the final seconds of round one. Here are my thoughts on what the future may hold for the five fighters who won on the main card on Saturday.
UFC Vegas 28 Matchmaking
Gregory Rodrigues (10-3, 1-0 UFC)
Stepping in for his UFC debut at UFC Vegas 28 on two weeks’ notice, Gregory Rodrigues earned a unanimous decision victory, out-striking Dusko Todorovic. Todorovic was a formidable opponent for a debut fight, but the former LFA champion proved he belonged in the UFC with this fight.
After beating Todorovic, Rodrigues has earned a fight with another contending middleweight. The name that makes the most sense for Gregory Rodrigues is Karl Roberson. Roberson had a ton of momentum heading into 2020, but coming off back-to-back losses, he is now on the outside looking in among Middleweights. After Rodrigues’ impressive debut, this would be an intriguing fight between strikers.
Santiago Ponzinibbio (28-4, 10-3 UFC)
In a fight of the year contender, Santiago Ponzinibbio earned a comeback win at UFC Vegas 28, taking rounds two of three from the formerly undefeated Miguel Baeza. After missing nearly two and a half years due to injury, Ponzinibbio is back in the win column and once again looking to contend among Welterweights.
One possible fight for Ponzinibbio is Muslim Salikhov. Salikhov also earned a win during UFC Vegas 28, and both guys are right outside the top fifteen at 170. However, Ponzinibbio has earned a chance to get in the top 15, and the fight that makes the most sense for him is Geoff Neal. Neal had a ton of momentum at one point, but he is likely to play gatekeeper in his next bout, coming off back-to-back losses. A fight between Neal and Ponzinibbio should result in fireworks.
Roman Dolidze (9-1, 3-1 UFC)
While it was not the greatest fight to watch, Roman Dolidze did what he had to do at UFC Vegas 28, controlling Laureano Staropoli en route to a unanimous decision win. After suffering his first professional loss to Trevin Giles in March, Dolidze is back in the win column.
Despite the win, Dolidze’s performance will not do him any favors in earning a better opponent in his next fight. The fight that makes the most sense for Dolidze is Jamie Wright. Wright got back in the win column in May, defeating Jamie Pickett in under two minutes. A fight between Dolidze and Wright, between Middleweights with wins in 2021, would make a lot of sense.
Marcin Tybura (22-6, 9-5 UFC)
After almost getting finished two minutes into the fight, Marcin Tybura was able to flip the script, earning a TKO victory with ground and pound against Walt Harris. Tybura has cracked the top ten on a five-fight win streak and is set for a big fight.
Fifth-ranked Alexander Volkov and third-ranked Ciryl Gane are set to fight on June 26th. Tybura should match up with the loser of that fight in a possible five-round main event. Gane and Volkov are extremely similar as long, technical fighters who do a great job at controlling range. A battle between Tybura and either Volkov or Gane should be entertaining to watch.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-2, 6-2 UFC)
After a lackluster performance against Ciryl Gane in February, Jairzinho Rozenstruik silenced his critics, knocking out Augusto Sakai with one second remaining in round one. Coming off of a knockout win at UFC Vegas 28, Rozenstruik is out to prove that he remains in the title picture at Heavyweight.
The fight that makes the most sense for Rozenstruik is fourth-ranked Curtis Blaydes. Blaydes was one fight away from getting a title shot prior to catching an uppercut from Derrick Lewis in February. With Blaydes coming off of a loss, the matchup between striker and wrestler makes a ton of sense, with the winner proving that they belong in the title picture.
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