The Octagon’s return to Sweden is starting to shape up. UFC Fight Night 152 occurs June 1 in Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, along with the subsequent four bouts are added to the card that’s 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 noteworthy of the newest bouts added to UFC Fight Night 152. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the information. Oezdemir (15-4) is 3-3 at the UFC but is currently mired in a three-fight losing skid such as a split decision loss to Dominick Reyes at UFC London just over a week back. Clearly, he needs to get back in there and place that close loss . Latifi (14-6, 1 NC) is 7-4 in the UFC and many 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 fighting at home in Sweden would be the difference in this fight and that I expect a very close gaming lineup.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic, UFC Fight Night 152
Another intriguing 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 among the very dangerous light heavyweights in the world at one time, but the sport appears to have passed him by and at age 39 he seems to be about the downside of his career, though he could still surprise with a violent knockout. Rakic (11-1) is currently 3-0 in the UFC and is coming from a massive knockout win over Devin Clark. Only 27, Rakic looks like a force at 205lbs for a long time to come, and I would anticipate hm to be a large favorite to win this particular battle.
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 in the Octagon and is coming off of a split decision win over Jason Knight. At one time he seemed just like a future featherweight contender, but accidents and lengthy layoffs have halted 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 out time. I anticipate Amirkhani to be preferred because he’s a popular fighter, however I provide Fishgold a good 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 news. Hein (14-4, 1 NC) is 4-3 overall in the UFC but has dropped back-to-back fights to Damir Hadzovic and Davi Ramos. Vendramini (8-1) was undefeated with all of his wins coming from stoppage before getting knocked out by top contender Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in his UFC debut. Moving down a weight class and obtaining a full camp ought to be valuable to Vendramini, that must be a slight favorite here.
Bea Malecki vs. Duda Santana, UFC Fight Night 152
And finally, women’s featherweights Bea Malecki and Duda Santana meet. Malecki (2-0) is a Sweden native who seemed on TUF but didn’t fare well on the series as she dropped. Santana (3-0) has won three of her pro bouts but has not fought since 2017. Flip a coin for this one as both women have loads of question marks surrounding them.
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