Volkan Oezdemir, Nikita Krylov

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Nikita Krylov set to clash on “Fight Island” at October 17th

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

 

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