Jairzinho Rozenstruik believes the baddest man on the planet is whoever has the UFC heavyweight title.
Since Jon Jones defeated Ciryl Gane at UFC 285, there have been debates surrounding who is the best heavyweight in the world. Some people think it’s Jones because he’s the UFC heavyweight champion, while others choose Francis Ngannou, who vacated the title when he left the promotion.
During an interview with The Schmo, Rozenstruik was asked about who’s the baddest man on the planet, and he responded by saying:
“The baddest man has the strap on his waist, and that’s Jon Jones. As long as you don’t have the strap around your waist, we don’t talk about you anymore ‘cause who got the strap, that’s who we chase.”
Jones and Ngannou were supposed to be matched up before the latter left the UFC. As a result, ‘Bones’ fought Gane and secured the heavyweight championship with a first-round submission. The former light heavyweight king is expected to make his first title defense against Stipe Miocic, with rumors of the bout taking place at International Fight Week in July.
Jon Jones chokes out Ciryl Gane to become the undisputed G.O.A.T. of the UFC pic.twitter.com/O6LdYkIsBC
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Watch The Schmo interview Jarzinho Rozenstruik below:
Jairzinho Rozenstruik says the UFC heavyweight division has a ‘different drive’ with Jon Jones as the champion
The UFC heavyweight division received a boost of motivation when Jon Jones easily defeated Ciryl Gane. Everyone knows they must evolve to dethrone Jones in the future. During the same interview, Jairzinho Rozenstruik was asked about ‘Bones’ becoming the UFC heavyweight champion, and he had this to say:
“It’s interesting. There’s a different drive right now in the UFC heavyweight division, and for me, it’s giving me a better vision. It looks good for me, so I’m ready to climb back the ladder and see who I’m facing for the strap.”
Rozenstruik made his UFC debut in February 2019, winning his first four fights, all inside the distance. Since then, he’s lost four of his last seven, extending his promotional record to 7-4. ‘Bigi Boy’ last fought in December 2022, securing an impressive 23-second knockout against Chris Daukaus. The number nine-ranked UFC heavyweight looks to continue building momentum by taking out rising contender Jailton Almeida on May 13.
JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK DIDN’T WASTE A SECOND 😳 #UFC282 pic.twitter.com/AWh5Lth9Wd
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