Ilir Latifi vs. Volkan Oezdemir, Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic Added to UFC Stockholm

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 25, 2019


The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s upcoming trip to Sweden is shaping up to be a light heavyweight showcase.

Ilir Latifi will square off against Volkan Oezdemir, while Jimi Manuwa will meet Aleksandar Rakic in a pair of 205-pound bookings on the June 1 card. ESPN was first to report the bouts. UFC Stockholm takes place at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden and is headlined by a light heavyweight encounter between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith.

Latifi last appeared at UFC 232, where he lost a unanimous decision to Corey Anderson. The 35-year-old Swede had won five of his previous six fights before that defeat. After skyrocketing to title contention in 2017, Oezdemir has lost three straight, including a split-decision setback against Dominick Reyes in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night 147.

Manuwa is also looking to halt a three-bout skid. Most recently, the 39-year-old “Poster Boy” suffered a second-round KO loss to Thiago Santos at UFC 231. The 27-year-old Rakic is riding an 11-fight winning streak that includes wins over Devin Clark, Justin Ledet and Francimar Barroso in the Octagon.

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