UFC on ESPN 7 Overeem vs Rozenstruik Odds, Preview & Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 6, 2019 in

The Ultimate Fighting Championships will return to action in Washington, D.C. as UFC on ESPN 7 will take place. The UFC does not usually take week long breaks much less three weeks but with the recent holidays the organization had to put their business on hold. The Scheduled fight was originally set for a full length bout between Alistair Overeem and Walter Harris but saw tragedy derail what would have been a great showing for both fighters.

Three people were arrested in the abduction and passing of Harris’ stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard. So as the fight drew closer Harris decided a fight was the last thing on his mind as he withdrew to focus on his family at this time. Let’s take a look at the latest MMA Odds while making some predictions.

UFC on ESPN 7 Overeem vs Rozenstruik Odds, Preview & Pick

Long Awaited

So when that was announced in early November the UFC took its time to announce who would step up and given less than two weeks notice, Jairzinho Rozenstruik would step in and fight Overeem. This is an interesting battle of two fighters with varying degrees of experience. Overeem is the seasoned veteran as he has over 60 fights to his name with the Reem winning 45 of those matches.

Rozenstruik will be getting a huge opportunity on Saturday as this is only his tenth career fight. He made his UFC Debut in february where he secured a second round knockout. He has since fought twice more over the past 10 months including a 29 second Knockout in his last fight against Andre Arlovski.

The Fighters

Overeem started his career in the Pride FIghting Championships and was able to earn respect early on as one of the top competitors of his division. When the Pride league fell through Overeem decided to bulk up and fought his way to the title of Strikeforce champion.

In 2011, the Reem would make his UFC debut as a heavy underdog against Brock Lesnar, and was able to spring the upset and as a result got a title fight against Junior Dos Santos.

That is the closest to a title he has ever gotten. Recently he has taken lopsided decisions against Curtis Blaydes and Fancis Nngannou. He has bounced back with big victories in his last two fights to put him back in contention, the one thing that has eluded his career. He will look to play spoiler to the rapid rise of Rozenstruik.

Rozenstruik looked pretty underwhelming to start his career as the first round in the UFC was mostly him trying to stay out of submission attempts against a seasoned wrestler. Since that round though the rest of his fights have lasted less than two minutes as he has a Lethal right hand with KO power.

This will be his first chance against a true contender and a win will be critical to show he is here to stay in the division not just a quick burnout.

Keys to the Fight

If Alistair Overeem can withstand the devastating right of Rozenstruik, and make him go the five round distance then the Reem can win this fight. The Reem has gotten more patient as his career has grown and proving his experience rather than getting caught will be key. Tactically overeem is the better fighter but age has seen his physical decline.

He could look to avoid the flurry of punches and turn this into a wrestling match. His top game has finished multiple opponents in his career so Rozenstruik will have to be sharp in all phases.

Overall though Rozenstruik is the young stud and should be able to finish this fight before going the distance officially bringing an end to the Reems title contention.

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