Jairzinho Rozenstruik ‘Confused’ Over Stoppage In UFC Vegas 56 Loss

Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Alexander Volkov, UFC

Jairzinho Rozenstruik wasn’t happy with Herb Dean’s stoppage in his first round TKO loss to Alexander Volkov in the UFC Vegas 56 main event this past weekend.

The fight lasted a little over two minutes, with both fighters feeling each other out in the first 60 seconds. Rozenstruik upped the ante in the second minute with a tornado of strikes without much success, before the Russian backed him up against the cage and landed a clean right hand that wobbled him. ‘Drago’ followed up with a flurry of strikes, forcing Dean to intervene and wave off the contest, much to the disappointment of ‘Bigi Boy’.   

Jairzinho Rozenstruik On UFC Vegas 56 Stoppage

In a couple of tweets, Rozenstruik said that he believes the fight was stopped early, but hopes to make a quick turnaround.

“I’m kinda confused on how the fight went and I’m disappointed that it was stopped,” Rozenstruik said. “It definitely was a troubling situation, but I was far from giving up the fight. Did someone lay flat on the ground with his eyes shut? That’s what we call a knockout. Alexander and I basically just started exchanging some heavy strikes. The stuff you all wanted to see. Big up to Volkov for taking the fight. I’ve no noticeable damage and I like to fight soon.”

Volkov defended the stoppage during the UFC Vegas 56 post-fight press conference, saying that Rozenstruik was in a bad position and wouldn’t have escaped.

“[Rozenstruik] was in a bad position,” Volkov said. “In the moment, I hit him, he was a little bit knocked out so he wasn’t being fully fresh. The referee stopped the fight. He was in a bad position and he took some hard punches and he was a little bit knocked out. It’s not my fault but ask this of the referee, not me. I just did my job.”

Do you agree with Jairzinho Rozenstruik that his fight against Alexander Volkov was stopped early?