MMA Preview – Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 153

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 153? Saturday 1st June, 2019 - 16:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 153? Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden

What channel is UFC Fight Night 153 on? BT Sport 3

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 153? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Another top light heavyweight scrap graces the Ericsson Globe with another representative of the Allstars Training Center Ilir Latifi taking on the fearsome knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir.

Oezdemir makes the short trip from his native Switzerland but is under a mountain of pressure hoping to prevent a four-fight skid. On his rapid rise to the top of the division he earned a title shot against Daniel Cormier and got a taste of championship level fighting and wrestling. This loss wasn’t a surprise but he went on to get submitted by Anthony Smith and miss out on a close decision to Dominick Reyes. These fights were closer, especially Reyes where many believed Oezdemir did enough to earn the points himself and now he has another test in a tough stylistic match-up.

Latifi is coming off a decision loss of his own to Corey Anderson which was a disappointing performance as he had all the tools to beat Anderson but gassed out, leaving the door open for the cardio machine to control the last two rounds.

THE PREDICTION

Latifi is a devastating striker but will have to be cautious standing in front of Oezdemir who look to use his reach advantage and remind everyone of his one-punch knockout power.

Latifi will be wise to enforce his grappling and look at Oezdemir’s fight with Daniel Cormier as a blueprint to find a finish. He may try and chop him down with leg kicks but ultimately close the distance and exploit Oezdemir’s weakness on the floor.

However, Oezdemir only needs one opportunity to end the fight and if it goes past the first round, he will be even more dangerous as Latifi begins to fade. Latifi is durable but if his defence begins to slack, Oezdemir will capitalise in devastating fashion.

Winner: Oezdemir via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.