Rozenstruik Believes UFC’s Heavyweight Division Needs An Interim Belt
The UFC’s heavyweight division is currently at a standstill. While there are plenty of fighters vying for a title shot, the title scene has been in limbo. UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic is still healing from an eye injury and Daniel Cormier is penciled in as his opponent.
With time in the combat sports world unknown due to the coronavirus, what is there to do? Jairzinho Rozenstruik has an idea. The 32-year-old from Suriname told MMA Junkie that the UFC should make an interim UFC Heavyweight Title.
“I think the heavyweight division needs that,” Ngannou stated. “It’s kind of slowed down with the Stipe and Cormier fight, and we don’t know when the champ is going to return. So for now, put in an interim belt. I think the heavyweight (division) needs it to move forward.”
Miocic regained the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 241 in August, scoring a fourth-round finish of Cormier. He suffered an eye injury in the fight, which has delayed the trilogy bout. Believed to be ready by August, Stipe would be facing an impatient Cormier, who has chosen retirement over facing someone else.
Currently scheduled to face off against Francis Ngannou, Rozenstruik (10-0) thinks now more than ever fans need something to cheer about and a title fight to view. The two were supposed to fight at UFC Columbus but that was postponed as a result of the coronavirus. The matchup was then moved to UFC 249 before that card ended up not coming to fruition. Now, the bout is being rumored for May, in an undisclosed location.
Some of the top heavyweight fighters are Curtis Blayes, Ngannou and Rozenstruik. In regards to the last two, the bout appeared to already determine the next challenger for the the UFC Heavyweight Title. Rozenstruik has the idea to add more excitement to the division while everyone waits.
“What’s better than to fight for a title in a big match?” Rozenstruik went on to ask. “It’s already a big match, and if you put in the (interim) title, it’s going to be more interesting for both of us. But for now, it’s still the same: It’s a fight. I want it really bad, and when it happens, I’ll be in the best shape ever.”