UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Rozenstruik Main Card Preview

UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Rozenstruik Main Card Preview

Jordan Lopez|
May 31, 2022|

The UFC is back this weekend and will return to the Apex for UFC Vegas 56 headlined by two top 10 contenders in the Heavyweight division. The card is filled with great fights that are flying under the radar and some exciting prospects. After having a week off, UFC fans will have something to enjoy as the prelims and the main card have tons of action to look forward to. Let's preview all of the fights that are featured on Verdict.

Alexander Volkov vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

In a crucial Heavyweight fight, Alexander Volkov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik are looking to bounce back after losing their last fight and get back into the top five conversation. It'll be a quick turnaround for Volkov as he lost to Tom Aspinall via submission in March of this year. Volkov is known for his size and length in the Heavyweight division as he poses a unique challenge for all of his opponents. In terms of his fighting style, Volkov is not your typical Heavyweight fighter. With an average fight time of over 14 minutes, Volkov likes to pick his shots on the outside while being patient. As of now, the Verdict Community is taking the side of Volkov at 57.4% to defeat Rozenstruik. However, it may be closer than what many think. Rozenstruik is coming off a decision loss against Curtis Blaydes back at UFC 266. While having some good moments in that fight, it was the takedown defense that ultimately failed him in the loss. This will not be the case this weekend as the fight will take place on the feet between two strikers. Rozenstruik is known for his kickboxing abilities and his explosive bursts. He has finished 11 of his 12 wins in his career and the most common pick for Rozenstruik to win in the Verdict Community is by knockout at 34%. In a fight that is key for both men, a victory can have one of them knocking on the door for a top-five opponent next to get back into the title picture.


Dan Ige vs. Movsar Evloev

The fight that has all the potential to be Fight of the Night on Saturday is Dan Ige going against Movsar Evloev. Ige is looking to get back into the win column as he lost his last fight back at UFC 269 against Josh Emmett via decision. Ige possesses great power, especially in the Featherweight division, and lands at a high volume. His 55% takedown defense will be tested as Evloev is one of the best prospects the UFC has in the Featherweight division. With an average of four takedowns per fight, Evloev provides a non-stop wrestling pace to overwhelm his opponents. While training at American Top Team, he has improved his striking abilities, making it a problem for most of his opponents. The undefeated prospect looks to emerge as a real contender in the Featherweight division with a win over Ige. As of now, 54% of the Verdict Community predicts that Evloev will remain undefeated at UFC Vegas 56.

Michael Trizano vs. Lucas Almeida

Ultimate Fighter 27 winner, Michael Trizano, is back and will try to get back to his winning ways after dropping one earlier this year back at UFC Vegas 47. Trizano suffered a decision loss against Hakeem Dawodu, but the odds are in his favor as he takes on Lucas Almeida, who is making his UFC debut. Where it stands now, 74.3% of the Verdict Community are predicting Trizano to bounce back and get the victory, but it will not be no easy task. Regardless of Almeida making his UFC debut, he holds a professional record of 13-1 with a 100% finish rate. His only loss came at the Dana White Contender Series but nevertheless, Almeida has the ability to make a name for himself in the Featherweight division and defeat the TUF 27 winner. This will be a very interesting fight.


Karine Silva vs. Poliana Botelho

Karine Silva is one of the most interesting fighters that will be showcased on Saturday as she makes her UFC debut against Poliana Botelho. Silva just won on the Dana White Contender Series last year in October, earning herself a UFC contract. Silva put on an impressive performance with her BJJ as she nearly won on a gogoplata submission. Instead, she locked in a guillotine choke in the second round. With a professional record of 14-4, Silva has a finish rate of 100% and will try to keep that streak alive when she takes on Botelho. At 75%, the Verdict Community predicts that she will spoil the debut of Silva and earn the victory. Botelho is coming off two straight decision losses and is need of a win. Six of her eight wins are by KO/TKO, but Botelho does have the ability to go the distance and win. The world's most common pick in the Verdict Community is Botelho to win by decision.

Alonzo Menifield vs. Askar Mozharov

A Light Heavyweight fight between Alonzo Menifield and Askar Mozharov will take place on Saturday and it has a great chance of it not going to the judges. Menifield makes the walk to the Octagon for the first time this year after losing to William Knight by decision in December. With a 90% finish rate, Menifield looks to get back on track against Mozharov, who is making his UFC debut. Menifield has finished fighters like Paul Craig, Fabio Cherant, and more. On the other side, Mozharov is no stranger to finishing fights as he has a 90% finishing rate as well. With a professional record of 21-8, Mozharov has only seen the judges' scorecards twice, in which he won both times. Where it stands now, 66.1% of the Verdict Community is predicting Menifield to spoil the debut of Mozharov.


Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will face each other once again as both women desperately need a win to get back on track. The two met back at UFC 223 when Kowalkiewicz won via split decision. Since then, Herrig has been on a three-fight skid, with her last win being back in 2017 against Cortney Casey. On the flip side, Kowalkiewicz is on a five-fight skid, losing to the likes of Jessica Andrade, Michelle Waterson, Alexa Grasso, and other top contenders. The last win Kowalkiewicz earned was against Herrig and will try to do the same once again. As of now, over 68% of the Verdict Community are predicting Kowalkiewicz to win the rematch over Herrig as the most common pick is by decision.

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