MMA Preview – Volkan Oezdemir vs Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 138

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 138? Sunday 28th October, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 138? Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

What channel is UFC Fight Night 138 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 138? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 138? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The UFC makes another trip to Canada with an explosive main event. Volkan Oezdemir hasn’t fought in over nine months since his loss to Daniel Cormier due to injuries and visa issues. Meanwhile, Anthony Smith has fought three times, marking his light heavyweight entrance with huge knockouts over legends Rashad Evans and Mauricio Rua.

So, Smith has all the form but Oezdemir is a big and established light heavyweight with only two losses to his name. Smith is more seasoned with 43 fights (eight in the UFC) and has all the attributes to test the Swiss knockout artist.

THE PREDICTION

These two are expected to throw smoke. They have 28 knockouts between them earned by not just raw power but great technical ability. Although Smith has come up from middleweight, he boasts a reach advantage which will be crucial in landing his shots while avoiding the heavy hands of Oezdemir.

Oezdemir has more power while Smith has more speed but they know they just have to be patient to land those destructive shots so their striking accuracy will dictate the fight. As the fight is five rounds, their aggressive mentalities may force mini brawls where you will have to back the legitimate one-punch knockout power of the Swiss fighter.

Winner: Oezdemir via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.