Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi re-booked for UFC on ESPN 5

✅ The highly ranked light heavyweights were set to face each other in the co-main event at UFC Stockholm 2019 ✅ Who will walk away with a much needed win

Top ranked light heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir (15-4) and Ilir Latifi (14-6, 1 NC) are set to face each other once again. The latter was forced out of their planned bout at UFC Stockholm 2019 the evening before the weigh ins due to a back injury. Now ESPN reports that the bout has been re-booked for UFC on ESPN 5, in Newark, New Jersey, august third.

UFC Betting Odds for Oezdemir vs Latifi – odds provided by Ohmbet

Ohmbet were the first to release breaking betting lines for the recently announced bout. Despite his losing streak, Oezdemir enters the fight as a slight favorite at 1.65, whereas Latifi is underdog at 2.15.

Latifi, as of now the only active, Swedish UFC light heavyweight, scored two straight wins entering 2018, beatin Tyson Pedro by decision and choking out Ovince Saint Preux via guillotine. His momentum was then halted at UFC 232 as a disappointing performance saw him lose to Corey Anderson via decision.

Oezdemir challenged the the UFC light heavyweight title in 2018 following three straight wins in the division. He was though handily beaten by then champion Daniel Cormier, and proceeded to lose his following two bouts. His most recent loss however, came via a controversial and critiqued split decision to Dominick Reyes.

Who wins the light heavyweight clash? 

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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