The Octagon’s return to Sweden is beginning to form up. UFC Fight Night 152 occurs June 1 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, along with the following four bouts are added to the card that is predicted to be headlined by Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith.
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi, UFC Fight Night 152
An exciting light heavyweight bout between Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi is the most notable of the new spells added to UFC Fight Night 152. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news. Oezdemir (15-4) is 3-3 at the UFC but is now mired in a three-fight losing skid including a split decision loss to Dominick Reyes at UFC London just over a week ago. Certainly, he needs to get back in there and put that close loss . Latifi (14-6, 1 NC) is 7-4 in the UFC and many recently dropped a decision to Corey Anderson. Both men are just beneath the elite level of the top light heavyweights but tend to be better than gatekeepers, which makes this a close one to call. Regardless of his losing slip I slightly lean towards Oezdemir, but Latifi combating at home in Sweden could be the difference in this struggle and I anticipate 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 in the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight losing skid. He was among the very dangerous light heavyweights in the world at one time, but the sport seems to have passed by and at age 39 he seems to be about the downside of his career, though he could still surprise with a barbarous knockout. Rakic (11-1) is 3-0 in the UFC and is coming off of a huge 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 for a big favorite to win this particular fight.
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 at the Octagon and is coming off of a split decision win over Jason Knight. At one point in time he looked just like a future featherweight contender, but accidents and long layoffs have stopped his career. Fishgold (18-2, 1 NC) was completed 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 as he’s a favorite fighter, but 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 from the UFC but has lost back-to-back fights to Damir Hadzovic and Davi Ramos. Vendramini (8-1) was undefeated with all of his wins coming by stoppage before getting knocked out by top rival Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in his UFC debut. Moving down a weight class and getting a complete camp ought to be valuable to Vendramini, who must be a small favorite here.
Bea Malecki vs. Duda Santana, UFC Fight Night 152
And lastly, women’s featherweights Bea Malecki and Duda Santana match. Malecki (2-0) is a Sweden native who seemed on TUF but didn’t fare well on the show as she lost. Santana (3-0) has won all three of her pro bouts but has not fought since 2017. Flip a coin for this one as both girls have loads of question marks surrounding them.
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