Alistair Overeem v Jairzinho Rozenstruik Betting and Odds Preview – December 8, 2019
While we’re all waiting on Conor McGregor’s inevitable return to the Octagon, there’s plenty of UFC fights to get excited about. On December 8, one of the biggest names in UFC’s heavyweight division Alistair Overeem will try to best a hard-punching newcomer in Jaizinho Rozenstruik in a highly-anticipated bout at the Capital One Arena in Washington.
Both fighters have excelled in kickboxing before switching to the UFC. While Overeem is a household name, Jairzinho may look like a newcomer to the untrained eye. However, he’s quite the capable fighter yet to be defeated.
Event Date: December 8, 2019
Overeem is one of the biggest and most notorious names in the MMA. A fierce fighter born in the UK and bred in the Netherlands, Overeem’s journey began 20 years ago when he was only 19. At the time, he had Bret Runner as his mentor that truly helped him develop into such a fighter. Twenty years later, Overeem is an accomplished mixed martial artist who will undoubtedly go down into the Hall of Fame.
Before that happens, though, he’ll have to lock horns with Jairzinho Rozenstruik first. There’s no wonder that Overeem is a popular UFC betting pick for this fight. His massive size and punches have helped him down opponents such as Brock Lesnar in the past, so Jairzinho shouldn’t pose a problem – at least that’s what many punters think.
A newcomer with 9 wins in 9 UFC fights, Jairzinho may not be a popular MMA name, but he’s made his career in kickboxing before. With 76 wins in 85 fights, the 31-year old is a former 3-time SLAMM Soema Na Basi champion. Nicknamed Bigi Boy, he knocked down one of the former big boys in the UFC, Andrei Arlovski earlier this month. As a reward, he got Allistair Overeem for his jubilee 10th fight. At the same time, it’s also the biggest fight in his UFC career until now.
The combination of Muay Thai and kickboxing make Rozenstruik a deadly opponent in the Octagon. The fight night odds may be in favour of, but taking down Jairzinho will be challenging thanks to his fierce punches.
Keys to Victory
Experts have labelled Jairzinho Rozenstruik a “younger and more durable” version of Overeem. He has the Dutch’s striking ability, is a Muay Thai expert like him, and is pretty massive as well. Fighting your younger self is a major challenge for anyone in the ring, so don’t sleep on Overeem’s favourite odds.
Jairzinho blew Arlovski out of the Octagon in just 30 seconds a few weeks ago – that’s something to take into consideration when you look at UFC odds online. Of course, it’s the heavyweight division and anything can happen, but don’t take Allistair Overeem for a favourite so easily. His chin has been a problem during his career and the aging legend has been knocked down 6 times since 2013.
Whatever happens, we’re sure that it’ll be a match to remember. Overeem has the chance to further solidify his place as one of the UFC greats while a Jairzinho victory may give us a future heavyweight champion.
There’s no wonder who bookies have picked for this fight. Allistair Overeem is a slight favourite at 83/100 on Pinnacle, 20/23 at Coral, 4/5 at Royal Panda, and 5/6 at Betway. As you can see, all bookies agree in the bout betting market, with Overeem a slightly more probably winner than Jairzinho.
The Suraminese fighter’s odds stand at 21/20 at Pinnacle and Coral, 101/100 at Royal Panda, and 10/11 at Betway. With no other markets available at these bookies at the moment, just pick what you believe are the best fight odds and stick to your favourite.
We have a great fight on our hands between a UFC veteran and a newcomer who may take his place. Jairzinho’s bulldozing strength will surely be a problem for Overeem who might rely on tactics to win the fight. We all know how powerful the former UFC champ is – he doesn’t have to prove his abilities to anyone.
If you ask us, we’d go for Jairzinho Rozenstruik here. He’s younger, faster, and hungrier, so he should be able to overcome Overeem in what will surely be an exciting fight.
- Jairzinho Rozenstruik to win 101/100 @ Royal Panda