There is still time until the beginning of autumn, but now the world’s largest promotions announce the upcoming tournaments in October this year. A special place among a series of interesting fights is occupied by the meeting between Volkan Oezdemir and Anthony Smith. At the same time, to date, there is no special solidarity among bookmakers in determining the favorite and the outsider for this meeting.
There will be the 138th UFC Fight Night in Canada, in October 2018. The fights will be held in the province of New Brunswick, in one of the largest cities in the region – Moncton. Well, the battle itself will be held on the 28th of October under the roof of the multifunctional complex “Moncton Events Centre”.
If we talk directly speak about the rivals, comparing them, then Volkan Oezdemir, who has the nickname “No Time”, have already been in octagon for 17 times. The Swiss has managed to win in fifteen meetings. 11 duels among them ended with a knockout of rivals. In addition, the fighter has 3 positive judges’ decisions and one submission.
The Swiss has only 2 defeats in his experience. He lost to Kelly Anundson in 2014, when Volkan could not resist against the crease of the neck. Then he was defeated by Daniel Karime who knocked him out. This lost fight took place in January 2018. Analyzing the CV of the fighter, we can agree with the second place which he is taking in the rating of candidates.
Given this situation, Oezdemir needs to win, as each victory is another step on the way to winning the title.
Anthony Smith is 30 years old today. He has more experience than his counterpart. This is understandable, since he has been in octagon already for 43 times. He has won 30 of them. Among the three dozen wins, there is one which he has got for a different reason and there are also eleven submissions, two decisions and sixteen knockouts. Smith has got 13 defeats, including five submissions, one jury verdict and seven knockouts. It should be noted that he got the lion’s part of his defeats at the start of his career of the fighter who firstly appeared in cage in 2008.
The last defeat of the American fighter was in February 2018. The winning streak of three wins was interrupted by the Tiago Santos’s a kick and knockout. However, this defeat did not break Smith, and after that, he went in octagon for two times and won both fights. In June of this year he knocked Rashad Evans out, and then in July of this year he defeated Mauricio Rua.
To date, Anthony Smith is on the ninth line in the rating.
After the announcement of the meeting, the fighters made their statements and forecasts. In particular, Volkan said that he had every chance to win the fight with the “Lion heart”. Thus, the fighter speaks openly that his rival is a serious and dangerous fighter. He is confident that he has a chance to win, he just needs to fight and strive for victory.
Anthony said that his opponent and he were in good shape, so the audience would be able to see an interesting fight that would bring them a lot of positive emotions.
In general, we can confidently say that it is too early to dismiss Smith. He’s got strength, skills, so he’s ahead of possible good matches. That is true that many experts consider that Volkan has more skills in his arsenal. It can be assumed that Oezdemir has a great chance of winning, and there is a chance to do it in advance.