On Saturday, June 1st, UFC makes its return to Stockholm, Sweden for UFC Fight Night 153: Gustafsson vs Smith. Check the fights to watch on Saturday’s fight card:
Jimi Manuwa (#11) vs Aleksandar Rakic (NR)
To kick off the light heavyweight showcase in Stockholm, Jimi Manuwa will be taking on Aleksandar Rakic.
Manuwa is as good as they come. He is very dangerous on the feet and has proven that time and time again. He holds a professional record of 17-5, with 15 knockouts. He may be 0-3 in his last 3 fights but in his defense, he has fought all top guys in the division. He holds wins over some of the best, such as, Jan Blachowicz, Ovince St. Preux and Corey Anderson. In his last fight, Manuwa lost to current title challenger, Thiago Santos, in a second-round knockout.
His opponent, Aleksandar Rakic, is a rising star in the UFC’s LHW division. Rakic holds a professional record of 11-1, with 8 knockouts. His UFC record is 3-0.
This fight is going to be excellent. You seriously don’t want to miss this one!
Volkan Oezdemir (#7) vs Ilir Latifi (#9)
Volkan Oezdemir is as tough as they come. He entered the UFC with a 3-0 record but dropped his next 3 fights after that, including a title fight with Daniel Cormier. He has a professional record of 15-4, with 11 knockouts. He holds wins over some of the divisions top names, such as Misha Cirkunov, Jimi Manuwa and Ovince St. Preux.
His opponent, Ilir Latifi, holds a professional record of 14-6, with 6 knockouts and 4 submissions. He is 2-1 in his last 3 fights, with wins over Ovince St. Preux and Tyson Pedro. In his most recent fight, he dropped a unanimous decision to #8 ranked Corey Anderson.
This fight is going to be a great one.
Alexander Gustafsson (#2) vs Anthony Smith (#4)
The night caps off with a clash between two killers in the light heavyweight division, Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson and Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith. Both of these men are former title challengers.
Gustafsson holds a professional record of 18-5, with 11 knockouts. Gustafsson is 2-3 in his last 5 fights and he has fought all of the divisions best competitors. As of late, he holds wins over Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira. In his most recent fight, he fought for the title against Jon Jones but fell short via third-round knockout.
His opponent, Anthony Smith, holds a professional record of 31-14, with 17 knockouts and 11 submissions. You could say, he really likes to finish fights. He is 3-2 in his last 5 fights, holding wins over Rashad Evans, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Volkan Oezdemir. Smith has defeated former champions and former title challengers but fell short in his biggest fight, when he lost to Jon Jones via UD in March.
This fight is going to be total fireworks. Both of these guys will be looking to bounce back in a big way and they are both natural born killers. Don’t miss this fight!
You can catch all of the action on Saturday live from the ESPN network.