Jairzinho Rozenstruik likes Junior Dos Santos as an individual, however he doesn’t agree with all his concepts.
The Surinamese fighter is ready meet the previous UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 252 on Aug. 15 in Las Vegas. Each Rozenstruik (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Dos Santos practice at American High Staff in Coconut Creek, Fla.
In a current interview with Combate, Dos Santos respectfully advised the 2 ought to spar collectively as soon as per week within the buildup to their heavyweight conflict. Though Rozenstruik thinks it’s a pleasant gesture from the previous champ, he’s not likely curious about exploring the likelihood.
“No, I don’t suppose it’s a good suggestion,” Rozenstruik advised MMA Junkie. “It’s good of him, you realize what I imply. As I mentioned earlier than, he’s a pleasant man and he’s obtained my respect. Many of the different fighters, even Francis Ngannou, Alistair Overeem, they begin trash speak and underestimate me and stuff. However yeah, this combat is totally different.”
Rozenstruik mentioned he’s seen Dos Santos on the fitness center, however they’ve by no means frolicked or skilled collectively. He plans on persevering with his preparation at ATT however will run his camp with totally different coaches.
Rozenstruik is coming off a loss to Francis Ngannou at UFC 249. Earlier than the loss, “Bigi Boy” had a fast rise to title competition after a 4-Zero begin within the UFC, through which he picked up wins over massive names reminiscent of Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski.
Dos Santos will likely be one other legend to his record of opponents. Though Rozenstruik is settling as one of many division’s elite, the 32-year-old competitor continues to be in awe to search out himself within the firm of fighters with the historical past and recognition of Dos Santos.
“I nonetheless have the identical feeling,” Rozenstruik defined. “It’s not like a dream come true, it’s extra like my life is a dream. I’m used to enjoying (video) video games with all these guys and now I’m dealing with these guys in actual life, so it feels good. And yeah, it looks like a dream.”
A win over Dos Santos by no means goes unnoticed within the UFC. Rozenstruik believes he might leap proper again into title competition if he had been to defeat the previous titleholder.
“100%, we’re proper there,” Rozenstruik mentioned. “Proper now we’re on the identical card because the champion who’s fights Daniel Cormier. We’re going to see who’s subsequent, and by that point, I’m going to nonetheless be round, keep lively, and look ahead to my likelihood. Proper now my dream continues to be alive its form of on maintain, however nothing can cease me going to my dream.”