UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev, Where, When and How To Watch





UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev, also known as UFC Fight Night 238 and UFC on ESPN+ 96, took place on March 2, 2024, at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, United States. This event was notable for featuring a heavyweight between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Shamil Gaziev as the headliner.

Main Event: Rozenstruik vs. Gaziev

  • Jairzinho Rozenstruik, hailing from Suriname, is known for his striking power, having started his UFC career with a series of knockout victories. Despite facing a rough patch with losses against top-tier opponents like Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane, and others, Rozenstruik aimed to turn his fortunes against Gaziev.
  • Shamil Gaziev, an undefeated fighter from Bahrain, quickly rose to prominence within the UFC heavyweight division. After earning his UFC contract through Dana White’s Contender Series, Gaziev made a statement with a second-round knockout victory over Martin Buday at UFC 296. His matchup against Rozenstruik presented an opportunity to prove his worth against a more experienced opponent.

Co-Main and Featured Bouts

  • The event also showcased a light heavyweight fight between Vitor Petrino and Tyson Pedro, with Petrino entering the battle with an undefeated record.
  • Alex Perez faced Muhammad Mokaev in the flyweight division, with Perez looking to rebound from a two-fight losing streak against the unbeaten Mokaev.
  • Umar Nurmagomedov competed against Bekzat Almakhan in a bantamweight about, with Nurmagomedov aiming to maintain his undefeated streak.

Preliminary Highlights

  • The prelims featured a mix of intriguing matchups, including a lightweight bout between Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady and Loik Radzhabov and a bantamweight clash between Aiemann Zahabi and Javid Basharat.

Event Details

  • Date and Time: The main card started at 4 p.m. ET on March 2, 2024, with prelims beginning earlier.
  • Venue: UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada, United States.
  • Broadcast: The event was streamed exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish.

Background and Changes

  • Initially, this event was planned to mark the UFC’s debut in Saudi Arabia. However, due to concerns over the quality of the card, it was rescheduled and relocated to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
  • Several bouts changed due to injuries and other reasons, affecting the composition of the fight card.

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