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Midnight Mania! Francis Ngannou opens up as significant favorite over Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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Following his monstrous fifth-round knockout win over Alistair Overeem, new Heavyweight contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik immediately named his next target: Francis Ngannou. That’s not a callout many men are making right now, as Ngannou is riding a three-fight win streak made up entirely of seemingly effortless knockout.

Frustrated by sitting on the sidelines and likely tired of chasing Alexander Volkov around, Ngannou immediately agreed to face the dangerous kickboxer. The match up was quickly booked as the main event of UFC Fight Night 172 on March 28th in Columbus, Ohio.

Today, the betting odds released for the match up per BettingInsideJournal. Ngannou opened up as a -275 favorite, and the return on Rozenstruik is set at +215. The numbers seem reasonable: Ngannou is on a real tear right now and has more top-level MMA experience, but Rosenstruik’s kickboxing skill gives him a shot against just about anyone.


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