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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