Volkan Oezdemir will be looking to win his promotional debut against OSP
Fight Night 104 is this Saturday night, and one of the potential interesting fights features UFC newcomer Volkan Oezdemir taking on Ovince St Preux. The two light heavyweights will clash on Fox Sports 1 as part of the main card. The card is flying somewhat under the radar, despite some really interesting fights.
Ovince St Preux (19-9) needs a win, badly. He’s lost consecutive fights and three of his last four. There is a notion that every fight in the UFC is a must win but for St Preux, this definitely fits the bill. There are not a lot of fighters who can survive three losses in a row in the current UFC landscape. It’s hard to imagine his UFC career could be in jeopardy considering he fought for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship less than a year ago. Such is life in the unforgiving sport of MMA.
Making his debut in the UFC, Volkan Oezdemir will be looking to make a splash. Volkan (12-1) has a knack for finishing his opponents. In his twelve wins, ten of them have come via stoppage. Nine of those were TKOs and only one was by submission. It’s unknown if he utilized the Volkan death grip. (I kid.) He seems to like to throw his hands, and considering he’s been training with the Blackzilians, you know he’s dangerous.
Oezdemir will have a slight reach disadvantage but he should be able to find his range. He’s a moderate underdog heading into this fight, but I believe this is a fight that is tailor made for his style. He has good striking, and if he gets into a clinch, his knees are devastating. His ground and pound is also really strong, and that complete game makes him dangerous for St Preux.
The fight card is listed below
Chan Sung Jung (14-4) vs. Dennis Bermudez (16-5)
Alexa Grasso (9-0) vs. Felice Herrig (11-6)
Abel Trujillo (15-6) vs. James Vick (9-1)
Ovince Saint Preux (19-9) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (12-1)
Anthony Hamilton (15-6) vs. Marcel Fortuna (8-1)
Jessica Andrade (15-5) vs. Angela Hill (6-2)
Prelims (on FS1 at 8p ET / 5p PT):
Adam Milstead (8-1) vs. Curtis Blaydes (6-1)
Chas Skelly (16-2) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (13-1)
Ricardo Lucas Ramos (9-1) vs. Michinori Tanaka (11-2)
Tecia Torres (7-1) vs. Bec Rawlings (7-5)
Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass at 7p ET / 4p PT):
Alex Morono (13-3) vs. Niko Price (9-0)
Khalil Rountree (5-2) vs. Daniel Jolly (5-1)