- Alexander Volkov has opened as the betting favorite against Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
- Volkov and Rozenstruik will headline UFC Vegas 56 on June 4th at th APEX Facility.
- Both fighters are looking to bounce back after losing their respective previous bouts.
Betting sites are picking Alexander Volkov to beat Jairzinho Rozenstruik in their heavyweight showdown at UFC Vegas 56.
According to the top UFC sportsbooks, Volkov is the -160 favorite and Rozenstuik the +140 underdog in the main event of the June 4th event which will take place at the UFC’s APEX Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada:
— BestFightOdds (@BestFightOdds) May 16, 2022
Rozenstruik was supposed to fight Marcin Tybyra last February 26th but that bout was canceled after Tybura pulled out from the contest with an illness.
Tom Aspinall Submits Alexander Volkov in One Round
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 19, 2022
Volkov has fought in the main event of every non-pay-per-view event he’s fought at since 2020. Drago is, however, just 1-2 in those bouts. He lost to Curtis Blaydes at UFC Vegas 3 in June 2020, knocked out Alistair Overeem at UFC Vegas 18 in February 2021, and was beaten by Tom Aspinall UFC London just last March 19th in his most recent bout.
The 33-year-old from Moscow, Russia is a former Bellator and M-1 Global Heavyweight champion. Volkov also won the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament numbers 7 and 10. He joined the UFC in 2016 and won his first four UFC bouts before suffering a knockout loss to Derrick Lewis. Since that loss, he is just 4-3 with losses to Blaydes, Gane, and Aspinall. Overall, he has a record of 34-10 with 22 knockouts and three submission victories.
This marks only the third time in his last six bouts where Volkov has opened as the betting favorite. Drago was the +320 underdog against Blaydes, +140 bottom dog against Gane, and the +125 betting underdog against Aspinall. The last time Volkov lost as an underdog was when he fought Lewis at -175 odd.
Curtis Blaydes Decisions Rozenstruik
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 26, 2021
Meanwhile, Rozenstruik will try to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 266 last September 25th. In that bout, Blaydes negated Rozenstruik’s knockout power by putting on a suffocating performance on the mat, taking down Rozenstruik thrice, and controlling Bigi Boi on the ground for 6:17 minutes.
The 34-year-old from Suriname is a former WLF Super Heavyweight tournament champion and 2012 Superkombat World Grand Prix runner-up as a kickboxer. Rozenstruik won his first six MMA bouts and then joined the UFC to win his first four UFC bouts. Since then, he’s gone 2-3 with losses against Francis Ngannou, Cyril Gane, and Aspinall.
In the previous three bouts where he closed as the betting underdog, Rozenstruik has ended up with a loss in his resume. He was the +215 underdog when he fought Ngannou, was listed at +200 against Gane and was the +290 against Blaydes in his most recent bout.