Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir (15-4-0) takes on Ilir “The Sledgehammer” Latifi (14-6-0-1NC) in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 153 on Saturday June 01 in a Light Heavyweight bout at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
Volkan Oezdemir has lost each of his last three fights and is coming off a tough split decision loss in March to Dominick Reyes. Prior to the Reyes defeat, the Swiss fighter lost to Daniel Cormier by TKO in January 2018 and then to Anthony Smith by Submission last August.
Oezdemir is a powerful striker with serious knockout power, as is indicated by the fact that 11 of his last 13 victories having been decided in the first round.
A couple of other factors that could favour Oezdemir are that he has a considerable height advantage over the Florida-born Swedish national Latifi, and is also more than six years younger.
Although Ilir Latifi has won five of his last seven fights, he is coming off a clear decision loss where he was dominated the final two rounds by Corey Anderson in December. Prior to that he beat Tyson Pedro by Unanimous Decision in September 2017, then had a Submission win against Ovince St. Preux in February 2018.
Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi Betting Lines & Pick
In terms of making any UFC betting predictions for this fight, Volkan Oezdemir has the size advantage and is the more accurate striker, but Ilir Latifi is the better fighter defensively and would have the advantage if the fight went down to the canvas.
All things considered, our betting tip for this fight will be for Volkan Oezdemir to win at UFC odds of -150 with 888sport, with the UFC betting line on Ilir Latifi being set at a top price of +125 over at bet365.
UFC Pick: Fight Result – Volkan Oezdemir to win @ -150 (888sport)