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UFC Predictions: Rozenstruik and Evloev will leave UFC Vegas 56 with wins

Jason Burgos
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Get a round of UFC predictions for the MMA world leader’s next event, UFC Vegas 56, on June 4. The card from inside the UFC APEX features a matchup of top-10 heavyweights.

In Las Vegas, the eighth and ninth-ranked fighters in the Sportsnaut UFC heavyweight rankings, Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov, will go to war in the hopes of bouncing back from recent losses and rebuilding their title contention hopes. The pair are two of the better strikers in the division and could offer up a very tactical battle.

The card also includes the return of several action fighters in Dan Ige, Mike Trizano, Ode Osbourne, and Alonzo Menifield. Let’s take a look at four of the best bouts on the card and make some predictions for who will leave the event with a victory.

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Alexander Volkov (34-10) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3)

Both Rozenstruik suffered crushing setbacks in their most recent outings. The Russian suffered a first-round submission loss to Tom Aspinall in their UFC London headliner. While the Surinamee native was badly out grappled by Curtis Blaydes in September. If either hope to contend for the division gold one day, they must win in Vegas.

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The big question will be if Rozenstruik can get inside on the difficult range game played by the gigantic Volkov. If he can, this fight will not go the distance.

  • Odds: Volkov (-160), Rozenstruik (+140)
  • Prediction: Rozenstruik by TKO, Round 4

Joe Solecki (11-3) vs. Alex da Silva (21-3)

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Joe Solecki is one of the best young talents in the lightweight division because of his outstanding grappling. However, it was not enough in his most recent outing when he suffered a split-decision loss to Octagon veteran Jared Gordon in October. His first in the UFC after four fights.

Alex da Silva is a dangerous striker that Solecki needs to respect or he could get his lights turned out. However, expect him to be able to employ his ground game gifts and move his record to 4-1 inside the Octagon.

  • Odds: Solecki (-200), da Silva (+170)
  • Prediction: Solecki by submission, Round 3

Dan Ige (+235) vs. Movsar Evloev (-300)

After winning his first five inside the Octagon, Movsar Evloev gets a serious step up in competition in top-10 level featherweight Dan Ige. However, the Hawaiian is not about to let the Russian build a title contender resume off his name.

Having lost three of his last four, Ige needs to get a win to avoid falling out of the top-15 completely. He has a very well-rounded game and is sure to make life hell for Evloev for every minute of their fight. But the undefeated talent seems poised for big things in 2022. Ige won’t be the one to derail the hype train just yet.

  • Odds: Ige (+235), Evloev (-300)
  • Prediction: Evloev by unanimous decision

Erin Blanchfield (-490) vs. JJ Aldrich (+360)

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Outside of a razor-thin split-decision loss to Tracy Cortez in Invicta in 2019, Blanchfield has been perfect over her first nine pro bouts. She has been able to transition her championship Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to MMA and has learned to hide her striking weaknesses. She is a big favorite over JJ Aldrich on Saturday. Don’t expect her first UFC loss to happen at UFC Vegas 55.

  • Odds: Blanchfield (-490), Aldrich (+360)
  • Prediction: Blanchfield by submission, Round 1