MMA Preview – Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic at UFC Fight Night 165

THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 165? Saturday 21st December, 2019 - 08:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 165? Sajik Arena, Busan, South Korea

What channel is UFC Fight Night 165 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 165? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 165? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two of the most explosive strikers in the UFC support the main event in Busan, South Korea as two European weapons Volkan Oezdemir and Aleksandar Rakic throw down in a slobberknocker.

Volkan Oezdemir looked back to his best in his last outing against Ilir Latifi. After three straight losses to the gold standard of the light heavyweight division - Daniel Cormier, Anthony Smith and Dominic Reyes - Oezdemir put on an immaculate performance. He patiently settled, waiting for Latifi to tire, and put it on him in the second round with his power proving intolerable once again.

Cut from the same cloth, Rakic is an assassin. His combination of power, technique and athleticism is frightening as nine of his 12 victims have experienced, in particular his last two. He is coming off a violent finish over Devin Clark a year ago and one of the most devastating head kick knockouts you will ever see against Jimi Manuwa back in June.

THE PREDICTION

This promises to be an intense and violent encounter for however long it lasts. Both men are scary knockout artists with little interest in grappling so either man may go stiff on the night. Oezdemir has far more valuable experience but Rakic gets the nod with the extra speed, height, arm and leg reach advantage.

Winner: Rakic via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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