The Octagon’s return to Sweden is starting to form up. UFC Fight Night 152 takes place June 1 in Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, along with the subsequent four bouts have been added to the card that is predicted to be headlined by Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith.
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi, UFC Fight Night 152
An intriguing light heavyweight bout between Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi is the most notable of the new bouts added to UFC Fight Night 152. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news. Oezdemir (15-4) is 3-3 in the UFC but is currently mired in a three-fight losing skid including a split decision loss to Dominick Reyes in UFC London just over a week ago. Certainly, he needs to get back in there and put that close loss . Latifi (14-6, 1 NC) is 7-4 in the UFC and most recently dropped a choice to Corey Anderson. Both guys are just beneath the elite level of the top light heavyweights but tend to be far better than gatekeepers, which makes this a close one to call. Despite his losing skid I slightly lean towards Oezdemir, but Latifi combating in the home in Sweden could be the difference in this fight and that I anticipate a very close betting line.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic, UFC Fight Night 152
Another exciting light heavyweight bout will see Jimi Manuwa take on Aleksandar Rakic. Manuwa (17-5) is 6-5 from the UFC and is now riding a three-fight losing skid. He was one of the very dangerous light heavyweights in the world at one time, however, the sport appears to have passed him by and at age 39 he seems to be on the downside of his career, even though he could still surprise with a violent knockout. Rakic (11-1) is currently 3-0 in the UFC and is coming off of a massive knockout win over Devin Clark. Just 27, Rakic seems just like a force at 205lbs for years to come, and I would expect hm to be a big favorite to win this particular fight.
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Chris Fishgold, UFC Fight Night 152
Featherweights Makwan Amirkhani and Chris Fishgold are set to clash, and the UFC has made the bout official. Amirkhani (14-3) is 4-1 overall at the Octagon and is coming from a split decision win over Jason Knight. At one point in time he looked like a prospective featherweight contender, but injuries and long layoffs have stopped his career. Fishgold (18-2, 1 NC) was finished by Calvin Kattar in his UFC debut but rebounded with a submission win over Daniel Teymur his last time out. I anticipate Amirkhani to be preferred because he’s a popular fighter, however I provide Fishgold a fantastic prospect of winning this bout.
Nick Hein vs. Luigi Vendramini, UFC Fight Night 152
Nick Hein takes on Luigi Vendramini in a lightweight bout. Combate broke the information. Hein (14-4, 1 NC) is 4-3 overall from the UFC but has lost back-to-back conflicts to Damir Hadzovic and Davi Ramos. Vendramini (8-1) was undefeated with all his wins coming from stoppage before getting pumped out from top rival Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in his UFC debut. Moving down a weight class and obtaining a complete camp should be beneficial to Vendramini, that must be a slight favorite here.
Bea Malecki vs. Duda Santana, UFC Fight Night 152
And lastly, women’s featherweights Bea Malecki and Duda Santana match. Malecki (2-0) is a Sweden native who appeared on TUF but didn’t fare well on the series as she lost. Santana (3-0) has won three of her pro bouts but has not fought because 2017. Flip a coin for this one as both women have loads of question marks .
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