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Volkan Oezdemir vs. Nikita Krylov announced for UFC 280

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Volkan Ozdemir and Nikita Krylov again found themselves on the same map, this time as opponents.

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UFC announced Ozdemir (18-6) is scheduled to take on Krylov (28-9) at light heavyweight on Friday at UFC 280, which will take place on October 22 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Both fighters ended a two-game losing streak with victories at the UFC London tournament in July of this year.

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This booking comes two years after Oezdemir and Krylov were scheduled to face each other in Abu Dhabi in October 2020. Özdemir was forced to withdraw from this date due to a knee injury.

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Oezdemir — a one-time UFC light heavyweight title contender and currently ranked #11 globally in MMA Fighting — defeated Paul Craig via unanimous decision, ending the submission specialist’s six-fight unbeaten streak. The win lifted Oezdemir’s UFC record to .500 at 6-5. It was his first win since a split decision victory over Aleksandar Rakic ​​in December 2019.

Krylov defeated the three-time UFC title contender in London, taking only 67 seconds to finish Alexander Gustafsson with punches. Shakhtar are now 9-7 inside the octagon.

UFC 280 is headlined by a couple of championship fights. Charles Oliveira will take on Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight title in the main event, while Aljamain Sterling will defend his bantamweight title against two-time UFC champion TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event.




Source: www.mmafighting.com

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