Magomed Ankalaev vs Volkan Oezdemir Odds, Preview and Prediction, October 30 (10/30): UFC
- Oct 28, 2021, 2:29:42 PM
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|Time (Main Card)||2:00 p.m. EST|
|Magomed Ankalaev money line||-310|
|Volkan Oezdemir money line||+245|
|Magomed Ankalaev||Volkan Oezdemir|
The opening fight of the main card comes in the Light Heavyweight division, as the surging Magomed Ankalaev takes on former title challenger Volkan ‘No Time’ Oezdemir. Since losing his first professional fight to Paul Craig, with a mere second left in the fight, Ankalaev has rebounded nicely with six consecutive wins. In that streak, Ankalaev has stopped four opponents. Meanwhile, Oezdemir looks to bounce back after losing to Jiri Prochazka. A fight that was hectic and saw Oezdemir land more strikes, but Prochazka ultimately landed the fight ending blow. Prior to the loss, Oezdemir had won two fights in a row, including beating the previously undefeated Alexander Rakic.
I don’t want to label this necessary as a crossroads fight, only because Volkan Oezdemir isn’t quite free falling down the rankings. However, it’s clearly a fight that the UFC is using Oezdemir as a gage to see if Magomed Ankalaev is ready for the top five of the division. It’s not an easy fight though for the Russian, as Oezdemir has proven to be a perennial top ten Light Heavyweight for the last four years. And despite the knockout defeat in his last go around, it was the first time in nine fights that Oezdemir was knocked down. Given he has fought some of the best Light Heavyweights, I’d say the Swissman has a solid chin.
As for a prediction, I’m going with Ankalaev. Despite being a solid striker, Ankalaev also has wrestling abilities in his back pocket. While Oezdemir has improved in his takedown defense since fighting Daniel Cormier, he still has been vulnerable to being taken down or controlled against the cage. Both of which I believe will be the difference in the fight, as Ankolaev takes home a decision victory.
PICK: Magomed Ankolaev (-310)
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