Volkan oezdemir and Aleksandar Raki. Photos_ Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports & per Häljestam-USA TODAY SPORTS

Ex title challenger Volkan Oezdemir underdog against young gun Aleksandar Rakic

Despite a wealth of experience, former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir finds himself on the wrong end of the odds equation against prospect Aleksandar Rakic

The UFC returns to South Korea with UFC Busan, the last of the promotion’s events this year. The main event sees hometown hero Chan Sung Jung, also known as “The Korean Zombie”, take on Brian Ortega. In the co-main event, light heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir #8 and Aleksandar Rakic #10 collide in an intriguing match up between powerful European strikers. Ohmbet have now released odds for the bout, among the very first betting lines in the world for the bout.

Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic betting lines 

Ohmbet have the up-and-coming prospect Rakic as a comfortable favourite at 1.60. Meanwhile, the veteran Oezdemir finds himself the betting underdog at 2.30. While the odds may seem surprising on the surface, the trajectory these two have had over the last few years may explain the betting lines.

Oezdemir debuted in the UFC 2017, winning three straight fights and setting himself up for a title shot. The challenge for the light heavyweight title did not go well for Oezdemir, who was soundly defeated by then champion Daniel Cormier via second round submission. He was then submitted by Anthony Smith before losing a controversial split decision to undefeated Dominick Reyes. He returned to the win column in his last bout, where he knocked out Ilir Latifi in the third round at UFC Montevideo.

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Rakic, on the other hand, has only found more and more success in the octagon so far. He began his UFC career with dominant decision wins over Francimar Barosso and Justin Ledet. After that he TKO’d Devin Clark in the very first round, and followed up with a vicious knockout win over Jimi Manuwa. With four straight wins, it’s easy to see why many hail Rakic as a future title contender.

Who wins: Volkan Oezdemir or Aleksandar Rakic? 

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com