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UFC: Jairzinho Rozenstruik refuses to call out rivals after handing Shamil Gaziev first blemish

Jairzinho Rozenstruik returned to winning ways on Saturday night with a victory over the previously unbeaten Shamil Gaziev.

The Suriname fighter didn’t allow his opponent to go the distance in the UFC Fight Night main event, with the 34-year-old forced to retire at the end of the fourth round.

This was Gaziev’s first professional defeat having previously won 12 successive outings.

For Rozenstruik, this was a return to winning ways following his defeat to Jailton Almeida last May.

The 35-year-old is a UFC veteran having fought the likes of Alistair Overeem, Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane during his five-year stint with the MMA organisation.

When asked about his plans going forward, Bigi Boy refused to single out names.

He said: “When I’d like to fight next would be close to July or August.

“Who I want to fight? You know what it is. I never say a name because then when that person doesn’t have time to fight, then you’re stuck out of the game. That’s why I never called someone out.

“There’s a couple of names I didn’t face yet. For example, Tai Tuivasa, Derrick (Lewis), Serghei Spivac, and someone else, Tom Aspinall. Name it.

“But I never call someone out because I don’t want to wait on their time. I want to be in shape, come back. Who’s available? Let’s get in.”

Looking back at his victory over Gaziev, Rozenstruik added: “The fight expected it the way I expected it to go, except I didn’t think it would take that long.

“But he had a big, strong head. Eventually, we still got the job done. But it took longer than we thought (it would). … I noticed that in the third round I already kind of broke him.

“He was kind of giving up. He was late reacting to the jab. I was in there, sticking to the game plan. I was setting traps. He didn’t really go for it. I noticed that.”

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