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 subsequent 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 intriguing light heavyweight bout between Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi is the most noteworthy of the new spells added to UFC Fight Night 152. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the information. Oezdemir (15-4) is 3-3 in the UFC but is now 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 wants to get back in there and place that close loss behind him. Latifi (14-6, 1 NC) is 7-4 at the UFC and many recently dropped a decision to Corey Anderson. Both guys are just below the elite level of the greatest light heavyweights but tend to be far better than gatekeepers, making this a close one to call. Despite his losing skid I slightly lean towards Oezdemir, but Latifi fighting in the home in Sweden would be the difference in this struggle and that 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 now riding a three-fight losing skid. He was among the very dangerous light heavyweights in the world at one time, however, the game appears to have passed by and at age 39 he looks to be about the downside of his career, 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 massive knockout win over Devin Clark. Only 27, Rakic seems just like a force at 205lbs for years to come, and I would expect hm for a large favorite to win this 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 prospective featherweight contender, but accidents and lengthy layoffs have stopped his career. Fishgold (18-2, 1 NC) has been finished by Calvin Kattar in his UFC debut but rebounded with a submission win over Daniel Teymur his out time. I expect Amirkhani to be preferred as he’s a popular fighter, but I give Fishgold a good 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 lost 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 pumped out from leading contender Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in his UFC debut. Moving down a weight class and getting a complete camp should be valuable to Vendramini, that 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 indigenous who appeared on TUF but didn’t 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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