The UFC 220 co-main event features the world’s best light heavyweight against a fast-rising star, in an event scheduled for January 20th in Boston Massachusetts. Daniel Cormier, better known as DC, will put his 205-pound belt on the line when he faces Volkan Oezdemir, from Switzerland. After recent bad press predominantly engineered by Jon Jones, the light heavyweight division is back to its best. Expect fireworks this January as the champion DC will aim to solidify his position as top dog in his weight class. This bout is the penultimate fight on the Miocic vs Ngannou event.
DC has had a turbulent year. The 38-year-old wrestler was at the centre of one of the biggest UFC dramas in recent history, when having lost his title to Jon Jones who failed a post-fight drugs test, was later reinstated as the champion. The tension both before and after the bout is a test of character that even DC will admit can take years off a fighter. It was the moment in which he had aimed to seek revenge for a prior loss to Jones, and although DC emerged victorious by default, he is still haunted by that series of events. With a limited window at the top this match-up against Volkan Oezdemir will be a career defining moment for him.
The Swiss prodigy that is Volkan Oezdemir has seemingly entered the limelight out of nowhere, earning his place at the table with one of the UFC’s most revered athletes. His rampage towards the 205-pound title has been swift and clinical, hence why Dana White wasted no time in setting him up against Cormier in the UFC 220 penultimate fight. Last time out against Jimi ManuwaOezdemir stole the show and earned a fight of the night performance. In this fine form, the 28-year-old striker will fancy his chances to cause a major upset in the Octagon.
Daniel Cormier Form and Fight Record
Cormier enters this UFC 220 card with a record of 19-1-0, and 1 no contest. The stench of of saga leading to the latter bout against Jon Jones taints an otherwise flawless win streak for DC. He has mixed it up with the elite fighters in the light heavyweight division including rising stars, such as Anthony Johnson and veterans like Anderson Silva. The champ has overpowered four of his last five opponents – via submission or on points – not always putting on a dynamic show, but a victory is a victory at the end of the day.
Daniel Cormier Last Five Fights
No content – Jon Jones
Win via submission – Anthony Johnson
Win via unanimous decision – Anderson Silva
Win via split decision – Alexander Gustafsson
Win via submission – Anthony Johnson
Watch video highlights of Daniel Cormier against Jon Jones 2
Volkan Oezdemir Form and Fight Record
Volkan “No Time” brings an impressive 15-1-0 record into the Octagon. Established fighters at this weight who tried and failed to stop his momentum include Jimi Manuwa and Ovince Saint Preux. Both of these top tier athletes tasted a first-round knockout. The dynamite fists of Oezdemir are certainly his greatest assets and combined with a reach of 75 and a leg reach of 40, his frame is well suited to striking. Oezdemir has shown that he can go the full distance as with his recent decision wins against OSP and Alihan Vahaev .
Volkan Oezdemir Last Five Fights
Win via KO/TKO – Jimi Manuwa
Win via KO/TKO – Misha Cirkunov
Win via split decision – Ovince Saint Preux
Win via unanimous decision – Alihan Vahaev
Win via KO/TKO – Paco Estevez
Watch video highlights of Volkan Oezdemir against Jimi Manuwa
UFC Betting Odds
Here is a round-up of the popular markets according to leading global betting operators. Odds are displayed in fractions.
Daniel Cormier to win by TKO/KO at 4/5 l Paddy Power
Volkan Oezdemir to win outright at 2/5 l Bet365
Fight to go more than 1 round at 11/8 l William Hill
Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir Prediction
Both fighters enter this UFC 22 bout with an almost identical record, each having clocked up 15 wins and losing only once. Daniel Cormier clearly has experience on his side as both a title fight contender and defender, which is one of several reason why he is tipped as the favourite to win this fight. With losing out to Jones last time, he has a lot to prove – take this into consideration when placing a stake on the fight. DC gives away plenty of size to No Time, who has three inches on him in both height and reach. Oezdemir will aim to use this to his advantage, although loading up for a big strikes could see him walk straight into a takedown from the champ and remain grounded with the possibility of being submitted.
We see two likely outcomes for this UFC 22 fight. Our first prediction is that DC will win by submission, and we’re also tipping Oezdemir to sneak in an unsuspecting knockout before round three.