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UFC Fight Night 165 Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic 12/21/2019 Odds, Picks and Predictions

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UFC Fight Night 165 Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic 12-21-2019 Odds Picks and Predictions

UFC Fight Night 165 Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic 12/21/2019 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold a fight card in South Korea this coming December 21. Headlining UFC Fight Night 165 is local fighter Chan Sung Jung fighting Frankie Edgar. In the undercard, Aleksander Rakic will look to score another victory in the UFC against Volkan Oezdemir who wants to carry the momentum from his latest victory just this August. This fight card will happen at the Sajik Arena in Busan. TV viewing can be inquired via pay-per-view and live stream option is available through UFC Fight Pass. Rakic is much favored to win this bout according to UFC Live Betting.

UFC Fight Night 165 Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic 12/21/2019

When: Saturday, December 21, 3:00 AM ET
Where: Sajik Arena, Busan, South Korea
TV: Pay Per View
Stream: Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 165 Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakic 12/21/2019 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Volkan Oezdemir +115 Aleksandar Rakic -145

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Volkan Oezdemir

Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir is a fighter coming from Fribourg, Switzerland, and trains at the Hard Knocks 365 gym. He was highly regarded coming in the UFC in 2017 but after winning against Ovince St. Preux, Misha Curkunov and Jimi Manuwa via KO’s, he failed to land a victory in his next three fights. He was pitted against Daniel Cormier in January 2018 and that is the start of the string of losses. Oezdemir managed to score a confidence-boosting knockout against Illir Latifi in UFC Fight Night 156 just this August. Volkan Oezdemir now looks to carry on the momentum and will have to do more if he wants to score a win over Rakic and give him a taste of defeat since 2011. 

Aleksandar Rakic

Aleksandar Rakic is an MMA light heavyweight fighter hailing from Vienna, Austria and trains at the American Top Team stable. Rakic started fighting at 18-years-old and he lost his first professional bout back in 2011. Since then, he forgot how to lose and he is on a 12-fight winning streak and this is his fifth bout in the UFC. Rakic is known to carry a strong body that is capable of knocking his opponent down from his kicks and punches. His last fight against Jimi Manuwa resulted in a knockout at the 42-second mark in the first round with a rousing head kick.

Prior to Manuqa, he scored victories against Devin Clark, Justin Ledet and Francimar Barroso. Rakic is a tough customer to handle and he seemed to be more accustomed to the fighting style needed to win in the UFC. At the age of 27, Rakic is just about to hit his prime in his MMA career and will be on the championship radar for years to come.

Oezdemir vs Rakic Betting Numbers

Record 16-4-0 12-1-0
Last Fight Win Win
Country Switzerland Austria
Height 6’2″ 6’4″
Weight 205 lbs 205 lbs
Reach 75″ 78″
Win by KO/TKO 75% 75%
Win by Submission 6% 8%
Decisions 19% 17%
Strikes landed per minute 5.04 5.25
Striking accuracy 46% 52%
Striking absorbed per minute 3.39 1.63
Striking defense 57% 50%
Takedown average 0.48 1.29
Takedown accuracy 22% 60%
Takedown defense 76% 88%
Submission average 0.00 0.00

Oezdemir vs Rakic Betting Picks

This bout promises fireworks with both MMA fighters will look to end their matches early. It should be a stretch for Oezdemir to win as he is considered as the underdog in this match according to Sportsbook. Expect Oezdemir to test his strength against Rakic in the first round but also see that if he can’t match up, he will try to force to win the match with the judges’ decision. Likewise, Rakic would probably be the judges’ favored fighter on the way he attacks his opponents from start to finish.