Volkan Oezdemir vs Nikita Krylov added to October 17th.
A light heavyweight matchup between Nikita Krylov and Volkan Oezdemir is set to co-headline one of UFC’s October events.
It was officially announced by UFC officials today the bout between Krylov (26-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Oezdemir (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is set for Oct. 17.
Former UFC title challenger, Oezdemir will look to bounce back after suffering his first KO loss to Jiří Procházka at UFC 251. This was also his forth stoppage loss in his pro MMA career, most notable when he was on the bad side of a title fight when he was TKO’ed by then champ Daniel Cormier, and the other two both resulted in submissions in the hands off, Anthony Smith and Kelly Anundson. This fight will serve as his opportunity to get back on track after suffering a knockout loss to highly looked at newcomer Jiri Prochazka in his most recent appearance. Prior to that fight, Oezdemir had won two in a row with victories over Ilir Latifi and Aleksandar Rakic. In the Ilir Latifi fight, Oezdemir snapped a three fight skid, which was the worst run in his career and bounced back with a KO to end the fight, “NO TIME” will now look to return back to the win column after suffering a vital loss at UFC 251.
The one-time UFC title challenger will now attempt to restore to the win column when he flies to Fight Island in October.
Meanwhile, Krylov is coming off his highest win in his career up to date over Johnny Walker in his last fight at UFC on ESPN+ 28: Lee vs. Oliveira. The Russian looks to continue to bounce back and forth between victories and defeats over his past four bouts. He’s also traded wins over Ovince Saint Preux while falling short to Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira during this tenure.
Oezdemir vs. Krylov was announced as the co-main event for the Oct. 17 show with a featherweight clash between Brian Ortega and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung main-eventing the show.
With the new addition the UFC’s Oct. 17 event now includes:
145 lbs.: Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung
205lbs: Volkan Oezdemir vs Nikita Krylov
205 lbs.: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Makhmud Muradov
125 lbs.: Jessica Andrade vs. Katlyn Chookagian
265 lbs.: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane
125 lbs.: Poliana Botelho vs. Gillian Robertson
205 lbs.: Modestas Bukauskas vs. Jimmy Crute
155 lbs.: Mateusz Gamrot vs. Magomed Mustafaev
170 lbs.: Muslim Salikhov vs. Claudio Silva
185 lbs.: Yong Jin Park vs. John Phillips
125 lbs: Gillian Robertson vs. Poliana Botelho
205 lbs.: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Maxim Grishin
135 lbs.: Said Nurmagomedov vs. Mark Striegl
170 lbs.: Mounir Lazzez vs. David Zawada
155 lbs: Fares Ziam vs. Jamie Mullarkey