Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi MMA Betting Tips - 8/3/2019
Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi
UFC on ESPN 5
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Volkan "No Time" Oezdemir (15-4-0) is slated to take on Ilir "The Sledgehammer" Latifi (14-6-0) at UFC on ESPN 5 in Prudential Center on Saturday, August 3, 2019. The opening line has Oezdemir priced at -115 while Latifi comes in at -115.
Volkan "No Time" Oezdemir steps foot in the Octagon with 15 wins and 4 losses. The Fribourg, FL fighter is 29 years old, weighs in at 205 lbs and measures in at 6'2" inches tall. He has a 75.0" reach and fights in the light heavyweight division. Oezdemir has a total of 7 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Most recently, Oezdemir lost in the 3rd round against Dominick Reyes by split decision. In the light heavyweight division, he is 22nd in strikes with 266 and is 270th out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When it comes to strike accuracy, Volkan Oezdemir is ranked 211th among athletes in the UFC and 32nd in the light heavyweight division connecting on 54.1% of the shots he throws. He also has a total of 1 takedown which ranks him 395th among athletes in the UFC and 34th in the light heavyweight division. Oezdemir completes 50.0% of his takedown tries which ranks him 131st among athletes in the UFC and 12th out of all the athletes in the division. He is ranked 19th out of all the athletes in the division and 244th among athletes in the UFC for significant strikes with 214. Of those significant strikes, 137 of them were pointed at the head while 39 of them were aimed at the midsection which ranks him 21st and 20th respectively out of all the athletes in the division.
At UFC Fight Night: Oezdemir vs. Smith, he lost via submission in the 3rd round when he squared up with Anthony Smith. Before that, Oezdemir lost in the 2nd round when he squared up with Daniel Cormier at UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou by KO/TKO.
Entering the Octagon for this fight, Ilir "The Sledgehammer" Latifi has a total of 14 wins and 6 losses. The 35-year-old hailing from Malmo, Sweden measures 5'10" inches tall and steps on the scale at 205 lbs. The Allstars Training Center fighter competes in the light heavyweight division and has a 73.5" reach. He has compiled a total of 12 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ilir Latifi lost by unanimous decision when he squared up with Corey Anderson in his most recent fight at UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2. When it comes to strikes, Latifi is 303rd out of all fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 25th in the division with 216.
When it comes to strike accuracy, he is while landing 45.4% of the strikes he throws which has him ranked at 42nd in the light heavyweight division and 367th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition, Latifi sits at 15th in the light heavyweight division and 149th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a total of 10 takedowns. Being ranked at 29th in the division and 322nd in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Latifi completes 32.3% of his takedown attempts. With 186 significant strikes, he sits at 273rd in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and 22nd in the division. Latifi sits at 26th in the division for significant strikes directed at the midsection with 27 and 24th for significant strikes pointed at the head with 127. At UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs. Stephens, he won via submission in the first round when he squared up with Ovince Saint Preux. Prior to that, Latifi won in the 3rd round when he squared up with Tyson Pedro at UFC 215: Nunes vs Shevchenko 2 by unanimous decision.
When dissecting this matchup between Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi, it's a good idea to understand how these two fighters stack up to each other. Volkan Oezdemir is the more accurate striker of the two fighters, while connecting 54.1% of his strikes telling us Ilir Latifi is going to want to want to watch out for big punches. With respect to measurements, let's start by taking a look at Volkan Oezdemir who is 6'2" while the fighter standing across the Octagon stands 5'10". With respect to reach, Oezdemir stretches 75.0" while Latifi has a fingertip to fingertip measurement of 73.5" meaning Oezdemir will look to prevent the closing of distance so Ilir Latifi won't be able to utilize this advantage. Oezdemir is the younger fighter in this matchup at 29 years of age while Latifi is the older fighter in this matchup at 35 years of age. In regard to experience in the UFC, Oezdemir has 7 fights which makes him the less experienced fighter in this matchup while Latifi has a total of 12 fights in the Octagon. With respect to overall experience in mixed martial arts, Oezdemir has 15 wins and 4 defeats while Ilir Latifi holds an overall professional fight record of 14 wins and 6 defeats.
Who will win tonight's UFC match against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Ilir Latifi (-115)
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