Ngannou-Rozenstruik, Garbrandt-Assuncao at UFC Columbus
One week after pulling off a comeback win in the main event of UFC Washington D.C. and calling out Francis Ngannou, Jairzinho Rozenstruik gets his wish.
The UFC has announced it will be coming to the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 28 — the promotion’s first visit to Columbus in over a decade. And per ESPN, the targeted main event will feature Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik.
Ngannou has won three straight, knocking off Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos all by first-round knockout between November 2018 and June 2019. Ngannou has expressed frustration with being unable to secure a fight as of late. He had hoped to score another crack at the heavyweight title, but the UFC is currently focused on a Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier trilogy bout.
Rozenstruik, a former kickboxer, made his UFC debut earlier this year with a 6-0 MMA record. After defeating Junior Albini at UFC Fortaleza in February, he knocked out Allen Crowder in nine seconds at UFC Greenville and former champion Andrei Arlovski in 29 seconds at UFC 244. Filling in on short notice, Roznesruik was nearing his first professional loss in D.C. last week before knocking out Alistair Overeem with four seconds remaining in the fight. It was the latest stoppage in UFC heavyweight history.
Per a later report from ESPN, scheduled to join these two on the main card will be former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and Raphael Assuncao.
Garbrandt defeated Dominick Cruz for the title at UFC 207 but dropped it in his first defense to T.J. Dillashaw. Garbrandt lost the rematch to Dillashaw and was knocked out by Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235 in March.
Assuncao won 11 of 12 from his bantamweight debut in August 2011 through 2018 but dropped bouts to Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fortaleza and UFC 241, respectively.
Original Story: ESPN