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, and the following four streaks 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 noteworthy of the newest bouts added to UFC Fight Night 152. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news. 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. Certainly, he wants to get back in there and place that close loss behind him. Latifi (14-6, 1 NC) is 7-4 in the UFC and many recently dropped a choice to Corey Anderson. Both guys are just below the elite level of the greatest light heavyweights but are far better than gatekeepers, making this a close one to call. Despite his losing skid I slightly lean towards Oezdemir, but Latifi combating in the home in Sweden would be the difference in this fight and I expect a very close betting line.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic, UFC Fight Night 152
Another exciting light heavyweight bout will see Jimi Manuwa take on Aleksandar Rakic. Manuwa (17-5) is 6-5 from the UFC and is currently riding a three-fight losing skid. He was among the most dangerous light heavyweights in the world at one time, however, the game appears to have passed him by and at age 39 he looks to be about the downside of his career, even though he can still surprise with a barbarous knockout. Rakic (11-1) is currently 3-0 in the UFC and is coming off of a huge knockout win over Devin Clark. Only 27, Rakic looks just like a force at 205lbs for a long time ahead, and I’d anticipate hm for a big 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 from a split decision win over Jason Knight. At one time he seemed like a prospective featherweight contender, but accidents and long layoffs have halted 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 expect Amirkhani to be favored as he is a favorite fighter, but I provide Fishgold a fantastic chance of winning this bout.
Nick Hein vs. Luigi Vendramini, UFC Fight Night 152
Nick Hein takes on Luigi Vendramini at a lightweight bout. Combate broke the information. 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 his wins coming by stoppage before getting pumped out from top contender Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in his UFC debut. Moving down a weight class and obtaining a full camp ought to be beneficial to Vendramini, who should 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 indigenous who seemed on TUF but did not fare well on the show as she lost. Santana (3-0) has won three of her ace bouts but hasn’t fought since 2017. Flip a coin for this one as both women have plenty of question marks surrounding them.
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