MMA Preview – Volkan Oezdemir vs Dominick Reyes at UFC Fight Night 147

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 147? Saturday 16th March, 2019 - 18:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 147? The O2 Arena, London

What channel is UFC Fight Night 147 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 147? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The brute that is Volkan Oezdemir is in unfamiliar territory with two losses in his last two fights. After earning a title shot, he was humbled by Daniel Cormier and then met the surging Anthony Smith in a thrilling battle where he eventually ran out of juice and got submitted. The Swiss powerhouse takes on another animal in red-hot form but hopes to get back to his old punishing ways.

Reyes arrived to the UFC with only six fights under his belt but has proved he is a light heavyweight force already, winning all four of his UFC fights and stretching his unbeaten streak to 10. He finished Joachim Christensen, Jeremy Kimball, Jared Cannonier and earned a unanimous decision over Ovince Saint Preux which is probably his most impressive performance to date.

THE PREDICTION

It’s hard to see this fight being anything other than an absolute barn burner. They are both aggressive, powerful, dynamic and devastating strikers and will be happy to stand in front of each other and trade.

Reyes is a better grappler but that is likely to be an afterthought. Oezdemir has more power in his hands and will be dangerous from close range but Reyes will have the speed advantage which will be crucial. If he can circle and keep Oezdemir on the outside he can pepper him with kicks, setting up combinations and, crucially, avoid the power of Oezdemir.

The judges are unlikely to be required in this fight and a knockout could fall to either man but the speed and kicks of Reyes could be the deciding factor.

Winner: Reyes via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.